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"I Hate to be the Feminist Here"...Reading the Post-Epitaph Chick Flick

"I Hate to be the Feminist Here"...Reading the Post-Epitaph Chick Flick
"I Hate to be the Feminist Here"...Reading the Post-Epitaph Chick Flick
Numerous accounts in recent years have announced (often zealously) the death of the chick flick, a genre whose output has conspicuously slowed since a peak in the 1990s. We analyse here two recent hits from the “post-epitaph” phase in order to understand the kinds of generic updates such films are attempting and how they place women in regard to changing gender norms and the conditions of neoliberal capitalism. We find that in Trainwreck (2015) and The Intern (2015) female protagonists’ affiliation with patriarchal power structures is re-confirmed and both films ultimately retain a commitment to a rigid order unwilling to countenance female sexual agency or envision more flexible economic arrangements.
1469-3666
Cobb, Shelley
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Negra, Diane
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Cobb, Shelley
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Negra, Diane
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Cobb, Shelley and Negra, Diane (2017) "I Hate to be the Feminist Here"...Reading the Post-Epitaph Chick Flick. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies. (doi:10.1080/10304312.2017.1313389).

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Abstract

Numerous accounts in recent years have announced (often zealously) the death of the chick flick, a genre whose output has conspicuously slowed since a peak in the 1990s. We analyse here two recent hits from the “post-epitaph” phase in order to understand the kinds of generic updates such films are attempting and how they place women in regard to changing gender norms and the conditions of neoliberal capitalism. We find that in Trainwreck (2015) and The Intern (2015) female protagonists’ affiliation with patriarchal power structures is re-confirmed and both films ultimately retain a commitment to a rigid order unwilling to countenance female sexual agency or envision more flexible economic arrangements.

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In preparation date: 2017
Accepted/In Press date: 24 March 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 5 May 2017
Organisations: Film

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Local EPrints ID: 411977
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/411977
ISSN: 1469-3666
PURE UUID: 8cecae4a-fccb-4b16-9371-9ce27d47aac5
ORCID for Shelley Cobb: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1153-8482

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Date deposited: 03 Jul 2017 16:32
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 04:25

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