A celebratory feminist aesthetics in postfeminist times: screening the Australian women’s liberation in paper giants - The Birth of Cleo

Henderson, Margaret (2013) A celebratory feminist aesthetics in postfeminist times: screening the Australian women’s liberation in paper giants - The Birth of Cleo. Australian Feminist Studies, 28 77: 250-262. doi:10.1080/08164649.2013.821727

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Author Henderson, Margaret
Title A celebratory feminist aesthetics in postfeminist times: screening the Australian women’s liberation in paper giants - The Birth of Cleo
Journal name Australian Feminist Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0816-4649
1465-3303
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08164649.2013.821727
Volume 28
Issue 77
Start page 250
End page 262
Total pages 13
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In 2011, something surprising happened in terms of Australian feminist cultural memory: a celebratory feminism arrived in the shape of the hugely popular ABC television mini-series, Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo. Eschewing dour social realism for a stylish and ludic narrative, Paper Giants uses the story of the women's magazine Cleo to tell the story of Australian women's liberation. This essay analyses the components of the mini-series' celebratory feminist aesthetics, examining the ways in which it mobilises feminist tropes to speak an intelligible feminist language in postfeminist times. Further, I detail how women's liberation becomes central to the national historical narrative underpinning the programme.
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