Wednesday, December 16

Posted by Laurel Garver on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 3 comments
...or maybe Easter, is this Gilmore Girls book! The university presses are rolling out their spring catalogs and this particular title made me squee with delight:

Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls
David Scott Diffrient and David Lavery, eds.
Syracuse University Press, 2010
Cloth $39.95

"Bringing together seventeen original essays by scholars from around the world, Screwball Television offers a variety of international perspectives on Gilmore Girls (WB/CW, 2000–2007). Adored by fans and celebrated by critics for its sophisticated wordplay and compelling portrayal of a mother-daughter relationship, this contemporary American TV program finally gets its due as a cultural production unlike any other— one that is beholden to Hollywood’s screwball comedies of the 1930s, steeped in intertextual references, and framed as a “kinder, gentler kind of cult television series” in this tightly focused yet wide-ranging collection.
This volume makes a significant contribution to television studies, genre studies, and women’s studies, taking Gilmore Girls as its focus while adopting a panoramic critical approach sensitive to such topics as serialized fiction; elite education; addiction as a social construct; food consumption and the disciplining of bodies; post-feminism and female desire; depictions of journalism in popular culture; the changing face of masculinity in contemporary U.S. society; liturgical and ritualistic structures in televisual narrative; Orientalism and Asian representations on American TV; Internet fan discourses; and new genre theories attuned to the landscape of twenty-first-century media convergence. Screwball Television seeks to bring Gilmore Girls more fully into academic discourse not only as a topic worthy of critical scrutiny but also as an infinitely rewarding text capable of stimulating the imagination of students beyond the classroom."

--Syracuse University Press Spring 2010 catalog, page 22.

What could be better than Gilmore Girls through the lens of media studies and English lit crit? Seriously folks, I so, so, so want this book that comes out in March. But it's reeeeealy expensive for a paperback. Would it be completely evil to request a review copy for the journal, even though our focus is modern period rather than contemporary?

All right, it would be unethical. Sigh. Better start saving my pennies.


  1. Good morning, Laurel! I have a little something for you over at my blog today. ;)

  2. Laurel, it would not be evil. DO IT! After all it's for the common good. :)

  3. Thanks, Shannon. As I said on your blog, I'll post about this next week.

    Robyn: There is an off chance that the press will simply ship an unsolicited review copy. Then I'm golden. (Some presses send us loads of things we never review: Cambridge seems to have a bottomless budget, often sending duplicates--from England.) Stuff we request, however, comes with the expectation our journal wil publish a review within the next 18-24 months. It's bad form to do otherwise.