Since its inception in the 1970s, Feminist Television Studies has repeatedly engaged with the multivious relationships between feminism, women, the feminine and television. Research has included issues of representation of women and the feminine, both in front of, and behind the television screen, women’s reading of particular texts and the pleasures offered to female viewers specifically in relation to feminine genres, as well as addressing issue of gender and cultural hierarchies of taste and value.
This one-day symposium aims to revisit these central themes and issues of Feminist Television Studies in relation to Britain in the contemporary post-feminist context. Although rich dialogues have already opened up between feminists across national borders, discussions of post-feminist media culture have tended to be consolidated around popular North American fictions, such as Ally McBeal and Sex and the City and British popular factual texts such as Wife Swap and What Not to Wear. This one-day symposium therefore attempts to extend Feminist Television Studies’ knowledge of British post-feminist media culture by exploring British fictional television.