Beauty, brains, and bylines: Comparing the female journalist in the fiction of Sherryl Woods and Sarah Shankman
This work examines the image of the female journalist in two series of novels by authors Sherryl Woods and Sarah Shankman. Tracing the image of the female journalist from its historical roots to its appearance in late twentieth-century fiction, this study uses the two main protagonists as a guide. Focusing on major stereotypes like the sob sister, stunt reporter, victim, and "one of the boys," this work contextualizes her image alongside her real-life popular culture counterparts. Close examinations of the characters' relationships with men, newsgathering ethics, and publicity they experience as successful female reporters working in a predominately male profession are crucial to the larger picture to which these images contribute. The authors' attempts at reproducing accurate representations of females within the newsroom and portraying progressive, liberated representations of womanhood are also considered. The final chapter analyzes the series' raceless Southern settings as both a historical impossibility and the creation of a utopian society that propagates racism without "racists."
0453: Womens studies
0591: American literature