Heroine And/Or Caricature? The Older Woman in Desperate Housewives

Jennings, Ros and Oro-Piqueras, Maricel (2016) Heroine And/Or Caricature? The Older Woman in Desperate Housewives. In: Serializing Age: Ageing and Old Age in TV Series. Aging Studies, VII . transcript, Bielefeld Germany, pp. 1-17. ISBN 978-3-8376-3276-7

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Because postmenopausal women fall outside the scope of postfeminist concerns, the role of the older women within Desperate Housewives has largely gone unnoticed. This paper attempts to reverse this omission by offering an analysis of one of Desperate Housewives’ older female characters, Karen McCluskey (Kathryn Joosten).The following analysis explores the role of Mrs McCluskey both as an older woman within the series and as an example of how older women are perceived, represented and understood within American and Western society more generally.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Maricel Oro-Piqueras was a funded Postdoctoral Student at the Centre for Women. Ageing and Media (University of Gloucestershire) Summer 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords: postmenopausal women, postfeminist, older women, television series, Desperate Housewives
Subjects: E History America > E11 America (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Media
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Creative Practice as Research
Depositing User: Ros Jennings
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2016 14:47
Last Modified: 07 May 2019 15:48
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3131

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