Working Girls investigates the thematic concerns of contemporary Hollywood cinema, and its ambivalent articulation of women as both active, and defined by sexual performance, asking whether new Hollywood cinema has responded to feminism and contemporary sexual identities.
Whether analysing the rise of films centred around female friendships, or the entrance of pop stars such as Whitney Houston and Madonna into film, Working Girls is an authoritative investigation of the presence of women both as film makers and actors in contemporary mainstream cinema.
"[Tasker's] insights are brilliant and compelling. She demonstrates conclusively that, although roles for women are still not plentiful, their representations are far more proactive than before the era of feminism. Another strength of the book is the writing: Tasker's style is accessible and elegant. This book is hard to put down. This reviewer finished it with a long list of films and shows to watch or rewatch. A must for every academic and public library."
|Introduction: Bad Girls and Working Girls in the 'New Hollywood'|
|Crossdressing, Aspiration and Transformation|
|Action Women: Muscles, Mothers and Others|
|Investigating Women: Work, Criminality and Sexuality|
|New Hollywood, New Film Noir and the Female Fatale|
|Female Friendship: Melodrama, Romance, Feminism|
|Performance and Production|
|Comedy and Authority|
|Music, Video, Cinema: Singers and Movie Stars|
|Performers and Producers|
|Notes and References Filmography|
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Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 9th April 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1