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Defining Women : Television and the Case of Cagney and Lacey (94 Edition)

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Defining Women explores the social and cultural construction of gender and the meanings of woman, women, and femininity as they were negotiated in the pioneering television series Cagney and Lacey, starring two women as New York City police detectives. Julie D'Acci illuminates the tensions between the television industry, the series production team, the mainstream and feminist press, various interest groups, and television viewers over competing notions of what women could or could not be—not only on television but in society at large.

Cagney and Lacey, which aired from 1981 to 1988, was widely recognized as an innovative treatment of working women and developed a large and loyal following. While researching this book, D'Acci had unprecedented access to the set, to production meetings, and to the complete production files, including correspondence from network executives, publicity firms, and thousands of viewers. She traces the often heated debates surrounding the development of women characters and the representation of feminism on prime-time television, shows how the series was reconfigured as a 'woman's program,' and investigates questions of female spectatorship and feminist readings. Although she focuses on Cagney and Lacey, D'Acci discusses many other examples from the history of American television.

Synopsis:

Focusing on the pioneering television series 'Cagney & Lacey, ' which starred two women as New York City police detectives, Julie D'Acci illuminates the tensions between the television industry, the series production team, the mainstream and feminist press, various interest groups, and television viewers over competing notions of what women could or could not be-not only on television but in society at large.

About the Author

Julie D'Acci is assistant professor of communication arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807844410
Author:
D'Acci, Julie
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
D'Acci, Julie
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Television - General
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Television and women
Subject:
Women in television
Subject:
Women on television
Subject:
Cagney and Lacey
Subject:
gender; women; feminism; television; mass media; popular culture; woman s program
Subject:
Television and women -- United States.
Subject:
Gender.
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Television
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
woman s program
Subject:
Film and Television-Reference
Copyright:
Series Volume:
9422
Publication Date:
May 1994
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
358
Dimensions:
9.08x6.22x.89 in. 1.16 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Focusing on the pioneering television series 'Cagney & Lacey, ' which starred two women as New York City police detectives, Julie D'Acci illuminates the tensions between the television industry, the series production team, the mainstream and feminist press, various interest groups, and television viewers over competing notions of what women could or could not be-not only on television but in society at large.
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