Home Is Where the Hurt Is: Media Depictions of Wives and Mothers


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McFarland & Company
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5.9 X 8.8 X 0.7 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Sara Hosey is an associate professor of English and women and gender studies at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York. Her scholarly work has appeared in publications including the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Feminist Formations and Feminist Teacher.


"This book helps us make sense of representations of femininity, feminism, popular culture and patriarchy, tackling thorny questions as they relate to wives in the domestic sphere and motherhood as the traditional site of hearth and home. While seemingly routine depictions of domestic violence leave the reader frustrated at the misogynistic status quo of much media fare, we are reminded that there is also hope and potential empowerment in a growing number of maternal depictions that look to negotiate, challenge and cite change. This book was difficult to put down, and as such, I recommend it to readers interested in the representation of gender, family and feminism."--Rebecca Feasey, Bath Spa University
"The wealth of insightful commentary in this book should make it a valuable resource for students of media and gender studies, and inspire lively discussions in undergrad and graduate classrooms."--Valerie H. Pennanen, associate professor of history, chair of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Calumet College of St. Joseph
"Excellent...Hosey's book is beautifully organized and written... The overall tone of the book is smart, sharp, and sensitive; in no place is the author didactic or heavy-handed. Hosey very successfully constructs a sophisticated argument that reflects the evolution of feminist thought and theory, and illuminates the weaknesses of post-feminist analysis and pop culture. Her book recognizes the hard work still left for feminists to pursue."--Northeast Popular & American Culture Association (NEPCA)