By Julie D'Acci
Defining girls explores the social and cultural development of gender and the meanings of girl, ladies, and femininity as they have been negotiated within the pioneering tv sequence Cagney and Lacey, starring ladies as ny urban police detectives. Julie D'Acci illuminates the tensions among the tv undefined, the sequence construction group, the mainstream and feminist press, a number of curiosity teams, and tv audience over competing notions of what girls might or couldn't be—not purely on tv yet in society at large.Cagney and Lacey, which aired from 1981 to 1988, was once well known as an leading edge remedy of operating ladies and constructed a wide and constant following. whereas getting to know this e-book, D'Acci had exceptional entry to the set, to creation conferences, and to the whole construction records, together with correspondence from community executives, exposure companies, and hundreds of thousands of audience. She strains the customarily heated debates surrounding the improvement of girls characters and the illustration of feminism on prime-time tv, indicates how the sequence used to be reconfigured as a 'woman's program,' and investigates questions of lady spectatorship and feminist readings. even though she makes a speciality of Cagney and Lacey, D'Acci discusses many different examples from the historical past of yankee tv.
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Perhaps they were signs that such desires and knowledges had always been alive and well, kept vital by the continuous work of groups and individuals on the margins and the front lines. And perhaps they carried a warning that these troubles, these stirrings and shake-ups, simply will not go away. S. television's place in the overall process. It investigates the "struggle over meanings"specifically the meanings of woman, women, and femininity; the role of television networks, production companies, production teams, and publicity firms in generating and circulating these meanings; the ways in which TV viewers, the press, and numerous interest groups produce meanings and countermeanings of their own; and how all of these meanings clash and compete for social and semiotic space and power.
Title. 45'72dc2093-32536 CIP The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources. 98 97 96 95 94 5 4 3 2 1 Julie D'Acci is assistant professor of communication arts at the University of WisconsinMadison. TO FRAN CONTENTS Acknowledgments xi Introduction 1 Chapter 1 Women Characters and "Real World" Femininity 10 Chapter 2 A Women's Audience 63 Chapter 3 A Woman's Program 105 Chapter 4 Negotiating Feminism 142 Chapter 5 Female/Feminine/Feminist Audiences, Spectators, and Readings 168 Conclusion 204 Notes 211 Episode Script: "A Cry for Help" 259 Index 325 ILLUSTRATIONS Cagney and Lacey cocreators Barbara Avedon and Barbara Corday 18 Tyne Daly and Loretta Swit as Mary Beth Lacey and Christine Cagney 22 TV Guide advertisement for the Cagney and Lacey made-for-TV movie 23 Loretta Swit and Tyne Daly as the original Cagney and Lacey 24 Meg Foster in the original opening credits for the TV series 26 The second Cagney and Lacey team discusses a case 27 Meg Foster and Tyne Daly in the original opening credits 36 Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless in the opening credits for the revised series 37 Sharon Gless as the new Cagney 40 Barney Rosenzweig and the cast of the Gless/Daly series 50 National Examiner cover with photo of Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless 53 People cover story on the breast cancer episodes 56 Cover of 1985 Dell paperback by Serita Deborah Stevens 60 Page x Ms.
Patricia) Knelman, Terry Louise Fisher, Peter Lefcourt, Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Ralph Singleton, Stewart Lyons, Maury Harris, Ben Sobin, Eloise Robinson, Jo Corday, and the rest of the cast, crew, and staff of Cagney and Lacey for giving me interviews, information, and the opportunity to observe them at work. I offer special thanks to Barbara Corday and Barbara Avedon for granting me permission to include a script at the end of the book, and to the writers Chris Abbott and Terry Louise Fisher.
Defining Women: Television and the Case of Cagney & Lacey by Julie D'Acci