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Adventures in Shondaland: Identity Politics and the Power of Representation
edited by Rachel Alicia Griffin and Michaela D.E. Meyer
contributions by Jade Petermon, Shadee Abdi, Bernadette Calafell, Stephanie Young, Vincent Pham, Myra Washington, Tina Harris, Mark P Orbe, Mary Ingram-Waters, Leslie Balderas, Melissa Ames, Sean Swenson, Michaela D.E. Meyer, Rachel Alicia Griffin, Richard G Jones, Jr, Emily Vajjala, Joan Faber McAlister, Jessica L Furgerson and Jennifer Billinson
Rutgers University Press, 2018
Paper: 978-0-8135-9631-0 | Cloth: 978-0-8135-9632-7 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-9633-4
Library of Congress Classification PN1992.4.R515A38 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.450232

Innovator Award for Edited Collection from the Central States Communication Association (CSCA)

Shonda Rhimes is one of the most powerful players in contemporary American network television. Beginning with her break-out hit series Grey’s Anatomy, she has successfully debuted Private Practice, Scandal, How to Get Away with MurderThe Catch, For The People, and Station 19. Rhimes’s work is attentive to identity politics, “post-” identity politics, power, and representation, addressing innumerable societal issues. Rhimes intentionally addresses these issues with diverse characters and story lines that center, for example, on interracial friendships and relationships, LGBTIQ relationships and parenting, the impact of disability on familial and work dynamics, and complex representations of womanhood. This volume serves as a means to theorize Rhimes’s contributions and influence by inspiring provocative conversations about television as a deeply politicized institution and exploring how Rhimes fits into the implications of twenty-first century television.  

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