SCREEN-L Archives

February 2018, Week 4


Options: Use Monospaced Font
Show Text Part by Default
Show All Mail Headers

Message: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Topic: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Author: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]

Print Reply
maureen ryan <[log in to unmask]>
Reply To:
Tue, 27 Feb 2018 22:32:15 -0600
text/plain (45 lines)
Announcing a new book from Routledge Press: *Lifestyle Media and Gender in
American Culture: Gender, Class, and the Politics of Ordinariness
Maureen E. Ryan.

This book is a cultural history of lifestyle media in the US, a
wide-ranging form of media that encompasses a variety of domestic and
self-improvement genres, from newspaper columns to Martha Stewart's
cookbooks to design blogs. Drawing on the methodologies of cultural
studies, historiography, and feminist media studies, it tracks the
emergence of lifestyle’s discursive formation, from the 1960s to the
present day. It argues that during this period, ideas about "lifestyle,"
embedded in representations of ordinariness, feminine domestic labor, and
sociability, helped refurbish an ailing American dream as neoliberal
economic, social, and cultural changes conspired to reduce its
availability. It is, in the broadest sense, about the role played by the
explosion of lifestyle media texts in changing conceptualizations of
selfhood and domestic life.

Chapters include:
1. Life-Style: The History of an Idea
2. Empires of the Everyday: Gender, *Entertaining*, and the Emergence of
Lifestyle Media
3. Logics of Lifestyle: Cable, Class, and Domesticity on HGTV and the Food
4. The *Trading Spaces* Train Wreck: Blandness and Lifestyle Anxiety on TLC
5. Fantasies of Production: Digital Lifestyle Media and Women’s Work

​Author bio: Maureen E Ryan earned her PhD from Northwestern University,
and has taught media and communication studies at DePaul University and
Northern Illinois University. She is also the author of the forthcoming
Routledge anthology ​
*Emergent Feminisms: Complicating a Postfeminist Media Culture. *

Maureen E Ryan, PhD

Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
University of Alabama: