The "postfeminist" biopic: Re-telling the past in The Hours, Sylvia and Iris

Dolan, Josephine ORCID: 0000-0002-7669-9060, Gordon, Suzy and Tincknell, Estella (2009) The "postfeminist" biopic: Re-telling the past in The Hours, Sylvia and Iris. In: Textual Infidelities: Adaptations in Print and Visual Cultures. Continuum. ISBN 9780826424648

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This co-authored article about biopics of key women writers of the twentieth century is located in the proliferation of the genre since the 1990s. Analysis of Iris (Richard Eyre, 2001), The Hours (Stephen Daldry, 2002) and Sylvia (Christine Jeffs, 2003) maps a reiteration of nineteenth century equations drawn between female genius and women’s psychic instability identified by Second Wave Feminists. It traces the ways in which this putative instability legitimates the narrative strategy of privileging male protagonists point of view, who are represented as proto ‘New Men’. Thus the films can be located in postfeminist discourses that proclaim the redundancy of feminism since they represent the ‘New Man’ as always already in existence, effectively negating Second Wave feminist politics.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: biopics; writers; postfeminism; memory
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Creative Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2020 15:46
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 21:52

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