Adventures in Shondaland: Identity Politics and the Power of Representation (Paperback)

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By Rachel Alicia Griffin (Editor), Michaela D.E. Meyer (Editor), Michaela D.E. Meyer (Contributions by), Rachel Alicia Griffin (Contributions by), Richard G. Jones (Contributions by), Emily Vajjala (Contributions by), Joan Faber McAlister (Contributions by), Jessica L. Furgerson (Contributions by), Jennifer Billinson (Contributions by), Jade Petermon (Contributions by), Shadee Abdi (Contributions by), Bernadette Calafell (Contributions by), Stephanie Young (Contributions by), Vincent Pham (Contributions by), Myra Washington (Contributions by), Tina Harris (Contributions by), Mark P. Orbe (Contributions by), Mary Ingram-Waters (Contributions by), Leslie Balderas (Contributions by), Melissa Ames (Contributions by), Sean Swenson (Contributions by)


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.  

About the Author

RACHEL ALICIA GRIFFIN is an associate professor of race and communication at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. 

MICHAELA D.E. MEYER is a professor in the department of communication at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. 

Praise For…

"Full of sophisticated analysis, this comprehensive and robust edited collection explores a diverse range of topics, including identity, representation, fandom, the media industry, and reception/meaning-making. Adventures in Shondaland is an impressive, necessary contribution to scholarship."
— Robin R. Means Coleman

"This is a must-read collection of research and essays on the showrunner whose shows have transformed must-see TV in the age of social media. Insightful, critical—and fun."
— Catherine R. Squires

"Chronicle of Higher Education new scholarly books weekly book list, by Nina C. Ayoub
— Chronicle of Higher Education

" Recommended."
— Choice

With Good Reason Radio "The Shondaland Revolution" interview with Michaela D. E. Meyer
— With Good Reason Radio

"Offers a thorough account of the complex politics of representation in Shondaland and offers important insights for readers in television studies, feminist media studies and critical race studies."
— Critical Studies in Television

Product Details
ISBN: 9780813596310
ISBN-10: 0813596319
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: September 10th, 2018
Pages: 278
Language: English