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Module Reading List 2018-2019

Feminism, Identity and Media, 2021/22, Semester 1
Helen Thornham
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 1. Introduction: Feminism, Intersectionality, Identity and Media (Helen Kim)

Seminar reading:

Crenshaw, K., 1989. Demarginalizing the intersection of race and sex: A black feminist critique of antidiscrimination doctrine, feminist theory and antiracist politics. University of Chicago Legal Forum ., p.139.

Dyer, Richard. The Matter of Images: Essays on Representation (1993). Introduction.     

Gill, Rosalind. Gender and the Media (2007, Cambridge: Polity). Esp. Chapter 1.     

bell hooks, “Theory as Liberatory Practice” Yale Journal of Law & Feminism 4:1, 1991-1992.

Supplementary reading:

Frankenburg, R. 1993 White Women, race matters

Week 2. Feminism: History & Theory (Helen Kim)

Seminar reading:

Bell hooks. ‘Selling Hot Pussy: representations of Black female sexuality in Black Looks: Race and Representation, (1992) London: Turnaround     

Mohanty, C. Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses Feminist review. , (30), pp.61-88.     

Ko, D. and Zheng, W. 'Introduction' in Translating Feminisms in China: A Special Issue of Gender and Society, London: Blackwell Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Kimberly Springer (2002) “Third Wave Black Feminism?” Signs. , 27 (4) pp.1059-1082     

Yvonne Tasker and Diane NegraInterrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture (Duke University Press, 2007). Esp. Introduction: Feminist Politics and Postfeminist Culture’ (pp. 1-25). copy on the VLE     


Supplementary reading:

Whitney A. Peoples “Under Construction” Identifying Foundations of Hip Hop Feminism and Exploring Bridges between Black Second-Wave and Hip Hop Feminisms, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism8(1), pp. 19-52

Manoucheka Celeste ‘Black Media Studies’ in Feminist Media Histories, 4 (2) pp. 38-43 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 24/09/2018) 

Gill, Rosalind. Gender and the Media (2007, Cambridge: Polity).


Week 3. Media, democracy and activism (Helen Kim)

Seminar Reading

Mendes, K. Ringrose, J. and Keller, J. 2018 ‘#MeToo and the promise and pitfalls of challenging rape culture through digital feminist activism’ in The European journal of women's studies. Vol 25 (2), pp. 236-246     

Emejulu, A. 2018 On the problems and possibilities of feminist solidarity: The Women’s March One Year On, IPPR Progressive Review Vol. 24(4), pp.267-273    OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 24/09/2018) 

Guha, P. 2014 Hashtagging but not trending: the success and failure of the news media to engage with online feminist activism in India, Feminist Media Studies Vol. 15 (1), pp. 155-157     

Supplementary reading:

Jackson, S. (2016) Re(imagining) intersectional democray from Black Feminism to Hashtag Activism in Women's studies in communication. Vol 39 (4), pp. 375-379

Jordan-Zachery, Julia (2012) Blogging at the Intersections: Black women, identity and lesbianism in Politics and gender Vol 8(3), pp. 405-414

Week 4. Media Advertising, The Female Body and Feminist Backlash (Beth Johnson)

Seminar reading:

Wykes, M. & Gunter, B. (2005) ‘Media Exposure and Body Image Ideals’ in The Media and Body ImageLondon: Sage, pp. 154-173     

Supplementary reading:

Wykes & Gunter (2005) The Media and Body ImageLondon: Sage;

Berger, J. (1972) Ways of seeing : based on the BBC television series with John S. Berger. . London: BBC & Penguin;

Butler, J. (1990) Gender Trouble – Feminism and the Subversion of Identity London: Routledge;

Couniham, C. (1999) The anthropology of food and body : gender, meaning, and power . London: Routledge;

Davis, C. & Katzman, M. (1997) ‘Charting New Territory: Body esteem, weight satisfaction, depression and self-esteem among Chinese males and females in Hong Kong’ in Sex roles. , 36, 449-459;

Douglas, S.J. (1994) Where the girls are : growing up female with the mass media . New York: New York Times Books;

Faludi, S. (1992) Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women. London: Chatto; Hargreaves, D. (2002)

‘Idealized women in TV ads make girls feel bad’ in Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 21, 287-308; OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 24/09/2018) 

Mendes, K. (2015) Slutwalk : feminism, activism and media . London: Palgrave Macmillan;

Strietmatter, R. (2004) Sex sells! : the media's journey from repression to obsession . London: Basic Books. 

Week 5. --NO FORMAL LECTURE AND READINGS (Writing tutorial) 

Week 6. Shameless Women: Sex Beyond the City (Beth Johnson)

Seminar reading:

Johnson, B. (2012) ‘Shameless: Situating Sex Beyond the City’, in James Aston, Basil Glynn & Beth Johnson (eds.) Television, sex and society : analysing contemporary representations . New York & London: Continuum Press, pp.3-16;    OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 24/09/2018) 

Arthurs, J. (2003) ‘Sex and the City and consumer culture: Remediating postfeminist drama’, Feminist Media Studies , 3 (1). pp. 83-98.     

Supplementary reading:

Aston, J., Glynn, B., & Johnson, B. (eds.) (2012) Television, sex and society : analysing contemporary representations. London: Continuum Press;

Gunter, B. (2002) Media sex : what are the issues? London: Lawrence Erlbaum;

Thornham, S. (2007) Women, feminism and media [electronic resource] . Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh;

Akass, J. & McCabe, K. (eds.) (2004) Reading Sex and the city . London & New York: I.B.Tauris;

Arthurs, J. (2004) Television and sexuality : regulation and the politics of taste . Berkshire & New York: Open University Press;

Johnson, M. L. (2007) Third wave feminism and television : Jane puts it in a box . London and New York: I.B.Tauris;

Brunsdon, C. & Spigel, L. (eds.) (2007) Feminist Television Criticism: A Reader 2nd Edition). Berkshire & New York: Open University Press;

Gillis, S. & Waters, M. (eds.) (2011) Women on Screen: Feminism and Femininity in Visual Culture. London: Palgrave.

Week 7. Popular music, gender & queerness (Helen Kim)

Seminar Reading:

Driver, S. 2007 Queer girls and popular culture : reading, resisting, and creating media , chapter 7    OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 24/09/2018) 

Holtzman, D. 2017 ‘Ass you lick it: Bey and Jay eat cake’ in Black Camera Vol 9 (1), pp. 179-188    OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 24/09/2018) 

Hawkins, S. 2016 Queerness in pop music : aesthetics, gender norms, and temporality , London: Routledge, READ CHAPTER 5

LaForgia P. and Howard, K.Amber Liu, 2017 'K-Pop Tomboy: Reshaping Femininity in Mainstream K-Pop', Kritika Kultura 29 (2017): –231 

Pabon, J. and Smalls, S. 2011 Critical Intimacies: hip hop as queer feminist pedagogy, Women and performance : a journal of feminist theory. Vol. 24 (1) , pp. 1-7     


Supplementary reading:

Coates, N. 1997. (R)evolution now? Rock and the political potential of gender. In: Whitely, S. ed. Sexing the groove: Popular music and gender. London: Routledge, pp.50-64.

Frith, S., and McRobbie, A. 1990. Rock and sexuality. In: Frith, S. and Goodwin, A., eds. On record : rock, pop and the written word . London, Routledge, pp. 317-332.

Guzmán, Isabel Molina, and Angharad N Valdivia. "Brain, Brow, and Booty: Latina Iconicity in U.S. Popular Culture." The Communication Review 7, no. 2 (2004): 205–21.

Iddon, M. and Marshall, M.L. 2014. Lady Gaga and popular music: Performing gender, fashion, and culture. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Leibetseder, D. 2012. Camp – Queer revolt in style. In: Queer tracks: Subversive strategies in rock and pop music. Farnham: Ashgate, pp.59-80.

Leonard, M. 2015. Gender and sexuality. In: Shepherd, J. and Devine, K. The Routledge reader on the sociology of music. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp.181-189.

Week 8. Selfies, Sexting and Snapchat (Helen Thornham)

Seminar reading:

Thornham, Helen & Gómez Cruz, Edgar (2015) Selfies Beyond Self-Representation: The (theoretical) Frictions of a Practice Journal of Aesthetics & Culture 7, 1-10     

Ringrose, J, Harvey, L, Gill, R, Livingstone, S (2013) Teen Girls, Sexual Double Standards and ‘Sexting’: Gendered Value in Digital Image Exchange in Feminist theory. 14:3, 305-323     

Van House, N. A (2011a). Feminist HCI meets Facebook: Performativity and social networking sites. Interacting with Computers23:5, 422-429    OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 24/09/2018) 

Supplementary reading:

Ringrose, J (2011) ‘Are you Sexy, Flirty or a Slut? Exploring ‘Sexualisation’ and How Teen Girls Perform/Negotiate Digital Sexual Identity on Social Networking Sites’ in Gill & Scharff (ed.) New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Subjectivity. London. Polity, 99-117

Olszanowski, M (2014) ‘‘Feminist Self-Imaging and Instagram: Tactics of Circumventing Sensor- ship,’’ Visual communication quarterly. 21, no. 2 : 83 95.

Papacharrisi, Z. (2012)‘‘Without You, I’m Nothing: Performances of the Self on Twitter,’’ International Journal of Communication 6

Tiidenberg, K. (2014) ‘‘Bringing Sexy Back: Reclaiming the Body Aesthetic Via Self- Shooting,’’ Cyberpsychology : Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberpspace : doi: http://dx.doi. org/10.5817/CP2014-1-3.

Frosh, P. (2015) ‘‘The Gestural Image: The Selfie, Photography Theory and Kinesthetic Sociability,’’ International Journal of Communication 9), 

Hjorth, L (2007)‘‘Snapshots of Almost Contact: The Rise of Camera Phone Practices and a Case Study in Seoul, Korea,’’ Continuum : journal of media and cultural studies. 21, no. 2: 227 38 

Latour, B. (1990) ‘‘Technology Is Society Made Dur- able,’’ The sociological review. 38, no. S1 103- 31

Week 9 Domestic Television and the Politics of the Maternal (Beth Johnson)

Seminar reading:

Rebecca Feasey, ‘From Soap Opera to Reality Programming: Examining Motherhood, Motherwork and the Maternal Role on Popular Television’, Imaginations 4/2 (2013), 25-46   Available from:   

Tyler, I. (2011) ‘Pramfaced Girls: the class politics of "Maternal TV"’ in Skeggs, B. & Wood, H. (eds.) Reality television and class . Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan pp. 210-224.    OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 24/09/2018) 

Supplementary reading:

Tyler, I. (2008) ‘Chav Mum, Chav Scum: Class Disgust in Contemporary Britain’ in Feminist Media Studies . 8/1, 17-34;

Kim Allen, Heather Mendick, Laura Harvey & Aisha Ahmad (2015) ‘Welfare Queens, Thrifty Housewives, and Do-It-All Mums’, in Feminist Media Studies , 15:6, 907-925;

Medhurst, Andy (2007) ‘Bermuda my arse: Class, Culture and The Royle Family’ in A national joke : popular comedy and English cultural identities . London: Routledge, pp. 144-158;

Laura Tropp, (2006) ‘Faking a Sonogram: Representations of Motherhood in Sex and the City’, Journal of popular culture. 39/5, 861-77;

Gledhill, C. (1997) ‘Genre and Gender: The Case of soap opera’ in S. Hall (ed.), Representation : cultural representations and signifying practices . Milton Keynes: Open University Press, pp. 337-386;

Skeggs, B. & Wood, H. (2011) Reality television and class . London & New York: Palgrave;

Moorti, S. & Ross, K. (2004) ‘Reality Television: Fairy Tale or Feminist Nightmare?’ in Feminist Media Studies , 4/2, 203-231. 

Week 10. Women & Journalism (Alison Cavanagh)

Seminar reading:

Gill, Rosalind (2007) Gender and the Media Cambridge : Polity chapter 4     

Supplementary reading:

Beasley, M (2003) Taking their place: A documentary history of women and journalism Strata Publication co.

Chapman, Jane (2013) Gender, citizenship and newspapers : historical and transnational perspectives

Clery, E.J. (1991) Women, Publicity and the Coffee-House Myth Women : a cultural review. 2 (2) pp. 168-177

Eger, E., Charlotte Grant, Cliona O Gallchoir and Penny Warburton (2001) Introduction: Women, writing and representation pp. 1-23 in Eger, Elizabeth, Charlotte Grant, Cliona O Gallchoir and Penny Warburton Women, writing, and the public sphere : 1700-1830 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Fraser, N. (1990) Rethinking the public sphere: a contribution to the critique of actually existing democracy Social text. n. 25/26 pp. 56-80

Gonda, C. (2001) Misses, Murderesses and Magdalens: women in the public eye pp 53-71 in Eger, Elizabeth, Charlotte Grant, Cliona O Gallchoir and Penny Warburton Women, writing, and the public sphere : 1700-1830 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Oliver, Hatty (2014) Its all about shopping: the role of consumption in the feminisation of journalism in Mary Evans, Clare Hemmings, Marsha Henry Hazel Johnstone, Sumi Madhok, Ania Plomien and Sadie Wearing. The SAGE handbook of feminist theory London: Sage

Pedersen, S (2004) What’s in a name? The revealing use of noms-de-plume in women’s correspondence to daily newspapers in Edwardian Scotland Media history. 10(3) pp. 175-185

Week 11. Diasporic media use, and transnational belonging (Helen Kim)

Seminar reading:

Budarick, J. (2011) ‘Media, Home and Diaspora’ in Media@LSE Electronic Working Papers, 21   Available from:   

Cabanes JVA, Acedera KAF (2012) “Of mobile phones and mother-fathers: Calls, texts, and conjugal power relations of mother-away Filipino families”, New media and society. . 14.6: 916-930.   

Yoon, K., 2016. The media practice of ‘KaTalk’in the face of Facebook: young Koreans’ use of mobile app platforms in a transnational context. Critical arts , 30(2), pp.217-232.     

Kim, Y. 2011 ‘Diasporic Nationalism and the Media’ in International journal of cultural studies. , Vol. 14 (2), pp. 133-151     

Supplementary reading:

Madianou M and Miller D (2013) “Polymedia: Towards a new theory of digital media in interpersonal communication”. International journal of cultural studies. . 16.2: 169-187.

Jin, D., 2016. New Korean wave : transnational cultural power in the age of social media ISBN: 9780252081477 (paperback); 9780252039973 (hardback); 9780252098147 (e-book). University of Illinois Press.

Kim, Y. ed., 2013. The Korean wave : Korean media go global ISBN: 9780415712798 paperback; 9780415712781 hardback; 0415712785 hardback; 0415712793 paperback. Routledge.

Yeoh BSA and Ramdas K (2014) “Gender, migration, mobility and transnationalism”. Gender, place and culture : a journal of feminist geography. . 21.10: 1197-1213.

This list was last updated on 26/09/2019