Motherhood in contemporary and quality televisual content: Analysis of the representations of motherhood in the TV series "The letdown"
Llurda Marí, Àngels
Santaulària Capdevila, Isabel
Universitat de Lleida, Facultat de Lletres
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Feminist thinkers have pointed out the controversial and political implications of the institution of motherhood within a patriarchal society. Over the years, television and popular culture, together with anti-feminist backlash, have contributed to the propagation of a traditional and retrograde idea of maternity that pushes women back to the domestic sphere and which equals womanhood to motherhood. This study examines how contemporary society understands motherhood through its representations in contemporary quality television series and how its representations have evolved over time. The methodology for this study has been a combination of cultural studies and close textual analysis of the TV series The letdown. Results show that contemporary televisual content has shifted from traditional and conservative representations of motherhood meant to please the mass audiences to more progressive, challenging and realistic representation of what it means to be a mother.
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