Genre, performance and Sex and the City

Brian Paltridge, Angela Thomas, Jianxin Liu

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This chapter explores the television series Sex and the City from a cultural studies perspective, and, in particular, through the notions of genre (Miller 1984) and performance (Butler 1990). It considers the ways in which the lead characters, Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte, construct particular identities as they engage in the genre of casual conversation. The chapter argues that what, to some people, may seem natural in their interactions is a result of what Butler (1990: 33) calls 'a set of repeated acts' and a 'repeated stylisation of the body'. Sex and the City, we argue, provides an example of its lead characters doing gendered (and other identities) as they participate in the genre of casual conversation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTelecinematic discourse
Subtitle of host publicationApproaches to the language of films and television series
EditorsRoberta Piazza, Monika Bednarek , Fabio Rossi
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789027285157
ISBN (Print)9789027256157
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NamePragmatics & beyond new series

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