Mothers on mothers: maternal readings of popular television

Feasey, R (2016) Mothers on mothers: maternal readings of popular television. Peter Lang. ISBN 9783034318266

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From Supernanny to Gilmore Girls, from Katie Price to Holly Willoughby, a wide range of examples of mothers and motherhood appear on television today. Drawing on questionnaires completed by mothers across the UK, this book sheds new light on the varied and diverse ways in which expectant, new and existing mothers make sense of popular representations of motherhood on television. The volume examines the ways in which these women find pleasure, empowerment, escapist fantasy, displeasure and frustration in popular depictions of motherhood. The research seeks to present the voice of the maternal audience and, as such, it takes as its starting point those maternal depictions and motherwork representations that are highlighted by this demographic, including figures such as Tess Daly and Katie Hopkins and programmes like TeenMom and Kirstie Allsopp’s œuvre.

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This title was originally published in hardback by Peter Lang in 2016 and then converted to an Open Access e-book in 2018 after being chosen by Knowledge Unlatched as one of their KU Select titles. The full text can be read from the link above, at the Peter Lang website or via OAPEN.

Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
UoA: Cultural, Communication Studies & Media
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