Spring 2016

Feminist Ghosts: The New Cultural Life of Feminism
Issue 6 | Spring 2016
Introduction: Ghosting and Ghosbusting Feminism [Daniela Agostinho]

guest artist | Vera Mota

articles

Historic Feminist Ghosts Dining in a Theatrical Landscape: Judy Chicago´s Dinner Party and Caryl Churchill´s Top Girls 
[Campion Decent]
Abstract | Caryl Churchill’s 1982 play Top Girls and Judy Chicago’s 1979 art installation The Dinner Party might be considered ‘cultural ghosts’ of second-wave feminism. Yet both works endure: The Dinner Party is on permanent display at the Brooklyn Museum and Top Girls is frequently revived in productions around the world. This article reads these seminal works for their ghostly inclinations and considers if it is the figure of the ghost that sustains their ongoing cultural life. This includes a consideration of the ghost’s intersection with concepts of absence and presence, death, loss, and mourning. Drawing on ideas of the ghost in historiography, philosophy, sociology, and spectrality, theatre and performance studies, the article discusses how Churchill and Chicago, through the deployment of the ghost, not only offer something back to the dead through these works, but call on the living to act on behalf of their historic women.
Keywords | ghosts, history, dinner, Judy Chicago, Caryl Churchill, performance

Interrogating Neoliberalism and Postfeminism in the Home: A Textual Analysis of Orange is the New Black
[Amy Walker] 
Abstract | This paper intends to analyse the different ways Orange is the New Black (OITNB) engages with postfeminist and neoliberal ideas around the subject of domesticity. I will argue that when it comes to representations of the domestic worker and the housewife, neoliberal and postfeminist values conflict, thereby disrupting the notion that neoliberalism and postfeminism operate coherently. The paper will begin by mapping out some of the feminist debates around domestic labour, from the second wave to our current postfeminist culture. I will then analyse how this labour is represented in the show, OITNB, by focussing on the characters Miss Claudette and Lorna Morello as specific examples. I will conclude by asserting that the show complicates the relationship women can have to the domestic, and that this is a site where the relationship between neoliberalism and postfeminism is understood to conflict, thus disrupting previous assertions that the two consistently work in tandem.
Keywords | postfeminism, neoliberalism, Orange is the New Black, domesticity, motherhood, Popular Culture, Netflix

 

forum: the new cultural life of feminism

Feminism´s Neoliberal Turn | Catherine Rottenberg

Reflections on Celebrity Feminism | Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs

Postfeminism and the New Cultural Life of Feminism | Rosalind Gill

Feminist Futures, Feminist Pasts: an intersectional reflection on where we are now | Heidi Safia Mirza

 

special dossier: the riddles of feminist film theory. A tribute to Laura Mulvey

The Ghost of Visual Pleasure. An Interview with Laura Mulvey | Daniela Agostinho

Riddles... Or Oedipus Lack | Isabel Capeloa Gil

Less than Artful Conversations | Patrice Petro 

 

book reviews

Postfeminism and the Fatale Figure in Neo-Noir Cinema | Samantha Lindop
[Elena De Sacco]

American Postfeminist Cinema: Women, Romance and Contemporary Culture | Michele Schreiber
[Linnete Manrique]