Gilmore Girls and the Politics of Identity: Essays on Family and Feminism in the Television Series Paperback – Jun 1 2008
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Ritch Calvin teaches in the women's studies program at SUNY Stony Brook in New York.
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Despite a few technical errors only obsessed fans would notice- for example an author of one of the essays says something about how both Emily & Richard went to Yale. They did not both go to Yale, only Richard did. In "I Am Kayak, Hear Me Roar" Emily clearly states that she went to Smith and majored in history. It is annoying that whoever wrote that essay obviously didn't watch the show, but at the same time, it's a totally excusable mistake because that was not the point of the essay.
If you love the Gilmore Girls, this one is fun too:
Coffee at Luke's: An Unauthorized Gilmore Girls Gabfest (Smart Pop series)
2. In general, the essays are entertaining, but not the way the authors intended. Sad but true. Academics who specialize in English cannot write clearly and concisely. Instead, per academic custom, they rely on academic jargon that really weighs down the collection. The collection would be lighter by 50% without academic jargon.
3. As for the essays. The essays make often silly and wacky interpretations. The main problem is the contributors attempt to fit the show into their preconceived notion of theory about gender roles, etc. This often fails (Details about specific essays to follow). Many of the contributors have an odd conception of men, and hence miss out on the the significance of Dean and Luke (played by a husky actor who reached AAA baseball).
I will later post specific comments about each essay.
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