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She’s Been Away: Ageing, madness and memory (2014)
Book Chapter
Wilson, S. (2014). She’s Been Away: Ageing, madness and memory. In B. Ratzenböck, U. Kriebernegg, & R. Maierhofer (Eds.), Alive and Kicking at All Ages: Cultural Constructions of Health and Life Course Identity, 187-202. Transcript Verlag

She’s Been Away is a television drama written by Stephen Poliakoff and broadcast in the UK on the BBC in 1989. This paper discusses the ways in which the play unusually presents a feminist critique of contemporary patriarchal structures through the m... Read More about She’s Been Away: Ageing, madness and memory.

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

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 s... Read More about Beyond patriarchy: Six Feet Under and the older woman.

It was a "mascara runnin’ kinda day": Oprah Winfrey, confession, celebrity and the formation of trust (2007)
Book Chapter
Wilson, S. (2007). It was a "mascara runnin’ kinda day": Oprah Winfrey, confession, celebrity and the formation of trust. In V. Bakir, & D. Barlow (Eds.), Communication in the Age of Suspicion: Trust and the Media, 167-176. Palgrave Macmillan

Oprah Winfrey is a very popular figure in contemporary American culture. Often described as 'authentic', the chapter explores the ways in which Winfrey deploys confessional practices on her TV talk show as a means to engender trust.

White picket fences, domestic containment and female subjectivity: the quest for romantic love (2006)
Book Chapter
Wilson, S. (2006). White picket fences, domestic containment and female subjectivity: the quest for romantic love. In J. McCabe, & K. Akass (Eds.), Reading Desperate Housewives, 144-155. I.B. Tauris

The chapter explores the representation of feminine desire for romantic love in the TV drama Desperate Housewives. It argues that the show recalls and articulates a pre-feminist sensibility.

Real people with real problems?: Public service broadcasting, commercialism and Trisha (2005)
Book Chapter
Wilson, S. (2005). Real people with real problems?: Public service broadcasting, commercialism and Trisha. In C. Johnson, & R. Turnock (Eds.), ITV Cultures: Independent Television Over Fifty Years, 159-176. Open University Press

Between 1998 and 2004 Anglia Television produced Trisha, a 60 minute talk show broadcast every week day morning across the ITV network. The show attracted high numbers of viewers for that time of day and for some commentators Trisha Goddard’s move to... Read More about Real people with real problems?: Public service broadcasting, commercialism and Trisha.