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"Roseanne" Unruly Women as Domestic Goddess

on Wednesday, 18 May 2011. Posted in Student Notes

Notes Prepared by Matt Reed

Synopsis:  In Kathleen K. Rowe's article "Roseanne" Unruly Women as Domestic Goddess" she describes a  moving of unruly women from a contained subject to a positive image of a "domestic goddess". She also examines a conflict brought up within the show Roseanne, which is a conflict between female unruliness vs. the ideology of true womanhood.   Roseanne goes against the idea, and image of the perfect domestic lady, in her appearance and her more masculine role in the household. "How our pleasure in Rosanne's show arises, not so much from narrative suspense about her actions as hero, nor from her one liners, but from the economy or wit by which the show brings together two discourses on family life... one based in tradition. The other on feminism and social class."  She also quotes Patricia Mellencamp that "Roseanne ventures farther than her comic foremothers into the masculine terrain of tendentious joke." That through her comedy, although it's funny is also bringing up real issues.  "Roseanne uses a 'semiotics of the unruly' to expose the gap she sees between the ideals of the new left and the women's movement of the late sixties and early seventies on one hand, and the realities of the working class family life two decades later on the other." There a lot of topics at play here and a combining of the old and new.