Premiering on HBO to critical acclaim in 2012, Lena Dunham’s cable television series Girls is a candid and comical look at the lives of four young women living in Brooklyn, New York. Following in the footsteps of the earlier post-feminist, woman-centred television series, Sex and the City (SATC), Girls explores numerous feminist themes centring on an exploration of what it is like to be a white New York woman. However, compared to SATC, the show is a coming-of-age story with the characters awkwardly hovering between adolescence and adulthood.
Although the title Girls perhaps symbolises a post-feminist sensibility, its appearance in the opening credits in bold uppercase lettering subverts the pejorative nature of the word “girl” and demonstrates a knowing irony that permeates the show and perhaps an unwillingness to leave feminism behind so easily. Yet questions remain: Who are the ‘girls’? And what do they stand for? Where does feminism fit into the show?
Whether a fan or a critic, the show has generated an enormous amount of discussion and controversy in the global media. This call for papers is interested in chapters that draw on feminist/gender studies perspectives to respond to and discuss:
Possible chapter topics include:
There has been interest in this collection from two high-profile global publishers and the editors anticipate signing a contract shortly after the contributor list is finalised. Interested authors are invited to submit chapter proposals (approx. 300 words) and a short biographical sketch by 1 June 2015. If accepted, final submissions of no more than 6,500 words (including notes and references) must be submitted by 15 December 2015. Please send abstracts or queries directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Editors: Meredith Nash and Imelda Whelehan, University of Tasmania