Home Is Where the Hurt Is: Media Depictions of Wives and Mothers

Home Is Where the Hurt Is: Media Depictions of Wives and Mothers

by Sara Hosey


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Despite years of propaganda attempting to convince us otherwise, popular media is beginning to catch on to the idea that the home is one of the most dangerous and difficult places for a woman to be. This book examines emergent trends in popular media, which increasingly takes on the realities of domestic violence, toxic home lives and the impossibility of "having it all." While many narratives still fall back on outmoded and limiting narratives about gender—the pursuit of romance, children, and a life dedicated to the domestic—this book makes the case that some texts introduce complexity and a challenge to the status quo, pointing us toward a feminist future in which women's voices and concerns are amplified and respected.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476671987
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/31/2019
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sara Hosey is an associate professor of English and women and gender studies at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York. Her scholarly work has appeared in publications including the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Feminist Formations and Feminist Teacher.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 1

Introduction 5

Part I: Hurt

1. Housebound: Horror Begins at Home 19

2. At Home in Patriarchy: Girly Moms and Worldly Girls in Gilmore Girls, Parenthood and Teen Mom 37

3. “Some kind of monster”: Fraught Motherhood in Twilight and The Hunger Games 55

4. The Real Housewives of ­Post-Industrial USA: Hysteria and Toxic Discourse 71

5. “When did he stop treating you like a princess?” Domestic Violence in Enough and Waitress 90

Part II: Hope

6. “Little boys don’t get to go around anymore hurting little girls”: Evolving Depictions of Domestic Violence 109

7. “You’re so epic”: Matrophilia in Indie Films 124

8. “No wrong way to make a family”: Hope and Home in Tully and The Handmaid’s Tale 142

9. “You’re such a good mom”: Transparenthood, Pain and Privilege 160

Conclusion: “Un poco mas doloroso”: Jane the Virgin and the Home as a Little Less Painful 177

Chapter Notes 187

Works Cited 200

Index 219

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