• The Best of Both Worlds? Youth, Gender, and a Postfeminist Sensibility in Disney's Hannah Montana

    Author(s):
    Morgan Blue (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Group(s):
    Cultural Studies, Feminist Humanities
    Subject(s):
    Mass media--Study and teaching, Popular culture--Study and teaching, Television
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Disney, feminist criticism, girlhood studies, postfeminism, Gender studies, Media studies, Popular culture studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M65S78
    Abstract:
    The Disney Channel hit show, Hannah Montana, constructs contemporary US girlhood and notions of femininity in relation to celebrity, such that its primary girl characters, Hannah Montana, Miley Stewart, and Lilly Truscott, as well as star Miley Cyrus, are positioned as particularly postfeminist subjects. In such a context, each of these girls can be understood as having chosen to perform a femininity that finds its locus in the maintenance and control of the body, as an illustration of her power as a girl, though without reference to feminist gains or “empowerment” rhetoric. Via discursive, narrative, and ideological textual analysis, this project explores the circulation of a postfeminist sensibility, as Rosalind Gill refers to it, and its iterations and ramifications for constructions of girlhood in contemporary media foregrounding girls and attracting young female audiences.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    6 years ago
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