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Postfeminist Whiteness: Problematising Melancholic Burden in Contemporary Hollywood

Kendra Marston


This book is the first extended study into the politics of whiteness inherent within postfeminist popular cinema. It analyses a selection of Hollywood films dating from the turn of the millennium, arguing that the character of the ‘melancholic white woman’ operates as a trope through which to explore the excesses of late capitalism and a crisis of faith in the American dream. Melancholia can function as a form of social capital for these characters yet betrays its proximity to a gendered history of emotion and psychopathology. This figure is alternately idealised or scapegoated depending on ho ... More

Keywords: Postfeminism, Hollywood cinema, Whiteness, Neoliberalism, Melancholia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474430296
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474430296.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kendra Marston, author
Independent Scholar