A Clelbratory Feminist Aesthetics in Postfeminist Times : Screening Australian Women's Liberation in Paper Giants – The Birth of CleoMargaret Henderson,
2013single work criticism — Appears in:
Australian Feminist Studies,vol.
772013;(p. 250-262)'In 2011, something surprising happened in terms of Australian feminist cultural memory: a celebratory feminism arrived in the shape of the hugely popular ABC television mini-series, Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo. Eschewing dour social realism for a stylish and ludic narrative, Paper Giants uses the story of the women's magazine Cleo to tell the story of Australian women's liberation. This essay analyses the components of the mini-series' celebratory feminist aesthetics, examining the ways in which it mobilises feminist tropes to speak an intelligible feminist language in postfeminist times. Further, I detail how women's liberation becomes central to the national historical narrative underpinning the programme.' (Publication abstract)