Post-feminist Impasses in Popular Heroine Television

The Persephone Complex

  • Alison Horbury

About this book


Alison Horbury investigates the reprisal of the myth of Persephone - a mother-daughter plot of separation and initiation - in post-feminist television cultures where, she argues, it functions as a symptom expressing a complex around the question of sexual difference - what Lacan calls 'sexuation', where this question has been otherwise foreclosed.


Post-feminism/postfeminism Persephone psychoanalysis heroine television Ally McBeal Alias Veronica Mars Grey's Anatomy feminist cultural criticism feminist media studies the post-feminist impasse feminism media media studies television

Authors and affiliations

  • Alison Horbury
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MelbourneAustralia

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