In this podcast, Rachel Berryman and I discuss the many problems and pleasures of Outlander season two. Topics include: adaptation, the romance genre, and narrative; the female gaze and spectatorship; and the shifting construction of Jamie as an object of desire. We hope you enjoy it and thank you for listening!
CONTENT NOTE: This podcast includes a discussion of rape tropes and rape narratives in Outlander.
In this podcast, Carmel Cedro and I discuss the female gaze. Topics include: the difference between a male gaze and a female gaze; the importance of this gaze in popular cultural texts; the potential for a fluid female gaze; and the representation of sex, desire and eroticism in contemporary screen media. This podcast ended up being a double episode because we just had so much to discuss! We hope you enjoy it x
Valerie Walkerdine writes that in girl’s narratives the prince’s arrival is ‘attractive precisely because it is the getting and keeping of the man which in a very basic and crucial way establishes that the girl is “good enough”…It is because getting a man is identified as a central resolution to problems of female desire that it acts so powerfully.’
Source: Walkerdine, Valerie. 1990. Schoolgirl Fictions. London and New York: Verso, p.99.
In this podcast, Jodi McAlister and I talk about fantasy and fantasising as a site for resistance and possibility for women viewers and readers. Some of the ideas we explore include: can fantasy open up a space for transgressive desire and imagining alternatives to the status quo? How do narratives like heterosexual romances, which may initially appear conservative, become the grounds for this kind of imagining? How do texts about girls open up new ways of ‘doing girlhood’? And how can we explore fantasy through a feminist lens, and for a feminist agenda?
Texts we discuss in this podcast include: Reign, The 100, Veronica Mars, The Vampire Diaries, Outlander, Fifty Shades of Grey, Obernewtyn, and Buffy. Tune in and let us know your thoughts!