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Reading "Sex and the City" (Reading Contemporary Television) Paperback – 31 Dec 2003
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"...the editors have managed to mirror the show's fine balancing act between breezy and serious... 'Sex and the City' - and this book - illustrate not only that feminism is alive and well, but that good writing by and about women is too." -Cathy Dillon, Irish Times "Finally, a respectable academic companion to a guilty pleasure. This collects 17 scholarly articles about the iconic HBO show Sex and the City and is a guaranteed page-turner for those who enjoy nothing better than a mesmerizing essay by Foucault, followed by a luxurious wallow in Vanity Fair. Both film studies professors, Akass (London Metropolitan Univ.) and McCabe (Trinity Coll., Dublin) have assembled a compilation of topical, interesting, and entertaining (for academia) writing about some of the dominant, nonviolent issues of our day. Truly, this is essential for the intellectual fashionista! Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries." -Andrea Slonosky, Library Journal "offers a range of perspectives and methodological approaches" "The strength of the collection lies in its engagement with debates key to the study of contemporary popular culture" "genuinely illuminating piece of cultural and textual analysis" "The serious attnetion to a popular media text that this collection represents might constitute an eually serious threat to the institutions which produce it."- European Journal of Cultural Studies
About the Author
Janet McCabe is Lecturer in Film Studies at Trinity College, Dublin Kim Akass is a writer and editor; she is, with Janet McCabe, Series Editor of Tauris' Reading Contemporary Television Series and is on the Editorial Board of the Critical Studies in Television journal. She is co-editor, with Janet McCabe, of Reading 'Sex and the City', Reading 'Six Feet Under', 'Reading 'The L Word', Reading 'Desperate Housewives'and Quality TV all published by I.B. Tauris.
Top Customer Reviews
Two articles in the collection provide welcome relief from this rather uncritical, sycophantic material, though.Read more ›
I too could not put it down eventhough I haven't seen much of the series Sex and the City at all, this book has shown me what I've missed out on! The content covers several poignant episodes and disects to reveal messages in regards to Feminism and even the "Manhattan Dating Scene".
Check out the recipe for making the Classic Cosmopolitan cocktail drink, nice touch!
I didn't find it funny at all.
This book just prolonged the misery by prompting me to look for deeper meanings. There aren't any. The characters still appear to me as one-dimensional whingers, ungrateful for the lives of luxury that they lead.
Having said that, the series is a run-of-the-mill US comedy. Slow paced and unfunny. The book doesn't save the series or add anything to it. In fact it amazes and nauseates me that anyone could enjoy the series so much that they would write this book. It amazes me even more that anyone would buy the book. The icing on the cake is that people even claim to like the book.
I think it's a tome that we'll see in second-hand shops everywhere very soon!