Sentenced to Everyday Life
Feminism and the Housewife
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Sentenced to Everyday Life by Lesley Johnson
Book DescriptionThe history of the housewife is a complicated and uneasy narrative, rife with contradictions, tensions, and unanswered questions. In response to this, Sentenced to Everyday Life marks an important cross-generational moment in feminism. Challenging our previous understandings of what constitutes the housewife figure, this book tugs at a critical issue still unresolved in the contemporary world: what is the relationship between women and the home? And why are women so reluctant to call themselves housewives? Drawing on research and evidence surrounding the housewife figure of the 1940s and 1950s, Johnson and Lloyd address the question of why the housewife has been such a problematic figure in feminist debates since World War II. Starting with an exploration of why the housewife of the 1940s became associated with drudgery, this book covers such topics as the ways in which magazines and advertising attempted to articulate an innate connection between women and the domestic sphere, while later films of the 1950s explored the constantly shifting boundaries between social, family and individual desires and constraints for women in the home. Johnson and Lloyd also examine how the home has been a site of boredom, and what happens to the balance between work and family in the modern world. In moving into contemporary debates, the authors explore the uneasy tension between the construction of the modern self and women's efforts to transcend the domestic sphere. By situating their examination in a still unresolved contemporary topic, Johnson and Lloyd offer us both a backward glance and a forward-looking perspective into domesticity and the modern self.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845200329
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Lesley Johnson
Feminist Readings in Middle English Literature, Paperback (August 1994)» View all books by Lesley Johnson
An essential work for study and reference in the fields of medieval and feminist literature. Designed with the student reader in mind, this volume covers a diversity of key medieval texts and feminist approaches. A stunning collection.
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Author Biography - Lesley Johnson
Dr. Lesley Johnson is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. Dr. Justine Lloyd is an Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellow from the University of Technology, Sydney.
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