“A Righteous Blade of Equality”: questioning post-feminism and the depiction of women in the television musical Glee

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dc.contributor.advisor Sender, K en
dc.contributor.advisor Kavka, M en
dc.contributor.author Mulcahy, Ellysa en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-05-14T02:06:56Z en
dc.date.issued 2013 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/22089 en
dc.description Full text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only. en
dc.description.abstract The oppressive depiction of women in the musical has been a recurring feature throughout the genre’s existence and now, through the genre’s medium transition from cinema to television, these portrayals have more influence in encouraging society’s treatment and understanding of women. A textual analysis of the television musical Glee highlights that the musical’s medium transition has allowed for some positive alterations to the genre’s traditionally oppressive presentation of female characters. The show complicates the portrayal of oppressed and marginalised women through the display of characters who possess feminine and feminist binaries, the creation of a feminist utopia and the utilization of influential stars to empower Glee’s characters. Nevertheless, medium conventions of the television means that some of the musical’s oppressive portrayals are also encouraged and reinforced, highlighting that the television musical’s potential in presenting empowered women and encouraging feminist ideals is ultimately undermined as the show instead adheres to the post-feminist movement and the depiction of tokenised female characters. en
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dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
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dc.title “A Righteous Blade of Equality”: questioning post-feminism and the depiction of women in the television musical Glee en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The Author en
pubs.elements-id 438582 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2014-05-14 en

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