Author Meets Critics: Marcia England's "Public Privates" (University of Nebraska Press)

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Studio 9, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Anna Secor
Chairs: Anna Secor


This is an Author Meets Critics session for Marcia England’s book, Public Privates: Geographies of Mediated Public and Private Spaces (2018), University of Nebraska Press. Public Privates focuses on public and private acts and spaces in media to explore the formation of geographies. Situated at the intersections of cultural geography, feminist geography, and media studies, Marcia R. England’s study argues that media both reinforce and subvert traditional notions of public and private spaces through depiction of behaviors and actions within those spheres. Though popular media contribute to the erosion of indistinct edges between spaces, they also frequently reinforce the traditional dualism through particular codings that designate the normed and gendered socio-spatial actions appropriate in each sphere—producing geographical imaginations and behaviors.

England applies her immensely readable construction to a diverse and wide-ranging array of media including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Fast and the Furious, J-Horror, sitcoms, Degrassi, and reality TV. By examining the gendered representations of public and private spaces in media and how images influence imagined and lived geographies, England shows how popular culture, specifically visual media, transmits ideologies that disintegrate the already blurred boundaries between public and private spaces.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Paul Adams University of Texas at Austin 10
Panelist Pamela Moss University of Victoria 10
Panelist Christopher Lukinbeal University of Arizona 10
Panelist Deborah Dixon University of Glasgow 10
Discussant Lorraine Dowler Penn State University 10
Discussant Marcia England Miami University 10

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