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Bewitched Again: Supernaturally Powerful Women on Television, 1996-2011 Paperback – July 11, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0786447114 ISBN-10: 0786447117

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (July 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786447117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786447114
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,106,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie D. O'Reilly is an assistant professor of communication and women's and gender studies at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, where she also serves as the chair of the Communication and Theatre Arts Department and as a co-director of the Women's Leadership Initiative. She lives in Tiffin.

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In the introduction to her book length thesis, Julie D. O'Reilly sets down her academic manifesto as to what will be covered in each chapter of her book and how she will look intratextually at female empowerment in women's roles in American fantastic and paranatural television shows, as seen through the, mostly, lead roles of its female characters. The time period that she covers, and which she names in the title of her book, is what she considers the "gilded age", or, the third wave of feminism. This third wave is all part of feminist theory, and which is beyond me to explain here. Unfortunately, as she runs through each summation of each upcoming chapter, the reader will get the impression that this book will be a bitter pill to swallow as to whether or not O'Reilly considers it is even possible for a female character to be truly empowered in American fantasy tv.

********In "Chapter 1: Samantha As Archetype" O'Reilly looks at "Bewitched", the premiere and first popular television show to feature a supernaturally empowered woman. While some people that I know often saw Samantha as a square peg trying to fit into a round hole, or as a metaphor for a woman who was smarter than the men around her, but had to act dumber to fit into society's norm, O'Reilly does not. She spends the first part of the chapter detailing how Elizabeth Montgomery's real life paralleled Samantha's in her trying to be what her husband wanted her to be.

O'Reilly also spends much of the chapter discussing how some saw how liberating "Bewitched" was for womankind, although O'Reilly gives the impression that she doesn't.
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By JCD on October 19, 2013
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Dr. Julie O'Reilly has provided thoughtful insight into how women are portrayed in modern media and the effects strong female characters can have on the viewer.
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