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By Rebecca Munford

When the time period “postfeminism” entered the media lexicon within the Nineteen Nineties, it used to be usually followed by way of breathless headlines concerning the “death of feminism.” these studies of feminism’s demise can have been vastly exaggerated, and but modern pop culture frequently inspires an international during which feminism had by no means even been born, a fictional universe jam-packed with suburban Stepford better halves, maniacal occupation ladies, fascinating amnesiacs, and different specimens of unfashionable femininity.

In Feminism and renowned Culture, Rebecca Munford and Melanie Waters give some thought to why the twenty-first century media panorama is so haunted by means of the ghosts of those conventional figures that feminism in a different way laid to relaxation. Why, over fifty years seeing that Betty Friedan’s critique, does the female mystique exert this sort of robust spectral presence, and the way has it been reimagined to talk to the worries of a postfeminist audience?

To solution those questions, Munford and Waters draw from a wealthy array of examples from modern movie, fiction, track, and tv, from the shadowy cityscapes of Homeland to the haunted homes of American Horror Story. along this complete research of today’s pop culture, they provide a bright portrait of feminism’s social and highbrow heritage, in addition to an leading edge software of Jacques Derrida’s theories of “hauntology.” Feminism and well known Culture therefore not just considers how modern media is being visited through the ghosts of feminism’s previous, it increases important questions on what this implies for feminism’s future.

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