"I want what everyone wants": cruel optimism in HBO's 'Girls'

Charnock, Ruth (2016) "I want what everyone wants": cruel optimism in HBO's 'Girls'. In: Gender and Economics in Popular Culture: Femininity, Masculinity and Austerity in Film and TV. I. B. Tauris. ISBN 1784536644, 9781784536640

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This chapter considers the HBO tv series 'Girls' as enacting the cultural theorist Lauren Berlant's notion of cruel optimism, specifically with regards its portrayal of millennial precarity: financial, social and emotional.

Keywords:Popular culture, Television, Economics, neoliberalism, cultural theory
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
L Social studies > L100 Economics
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P301 Television studies
L Social studies > L171 Capitalism
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
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Deposited On:17 Jun 2016 07:35

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