Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Beyond patriarchy: Six Feet Under and the older woman

Wilson, Sherryl



Josie Dolan

Estella Tincknell


The chapter explores the ways in which ageing femininities are constructed in the TV drama Six Feet under by looking at the characters of Ruth Fisher and her friend Bettina. The chapter argues that through the rule breaking, unruly bhaviour, the TV show (unusually) positions the older women in interesting and complex ways that addresses questions and issues in relation to ageing.


Wilson, S. (2012). Beyond patriarchy: Six Feet Under and the older woman. In J. Dolan, & E. Tincknell (Eds.), Ageing Femininities: Troubling Representations. Cambridge Scholars Press

Publication Date Jun 1, 2012
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title Ageing Femininities: Troubling Representations
ISBN 9781443838832
Keywords ageing femininities, Ruth Fisher, Bettina, Six Feet Under, TV drama, unruly
Public URL
Publisher URL