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Elana Levine

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039577

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039577.001.0001

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Feminized Popular Culture in the Early Twenty-first Century

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Cupcakes, Pinterest, and Ladyporn

Elana Levine

University of Illinois Press

This introductory chapter briefly tackles the broad scope of scholarly literature on feminized popular culture, and also provides an overview of this area in the twenty-first century. Its focus is on forms of early-twenty-first-century popular culture that are strongly associated with femininity—the social and economic forces that create such culture, the ways these cultural products speak to and about feminine identity, and the ways that audiences, readers, and users engage with and experience this culture. In addition, the chapter details in brief the influences, both current and historic, which inform the central themes of this volume, as well as the aims and specific lines of inquiry that this volume seeks to pursue.

Keywords:   feminized popular culture, femininity, feminine identity, cultural products, opular culture

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