Projansky, Sarah

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PERSONAL: Female; children: Yasmin Projansky Ono.

ADDRESSES: Offıce—2135 Hart Hall, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: Writer. University of California, Davis, assistant professor of women and gender studies.


(Coeditor and contributor) Enterprise Zones, Westview Press (Boulder, CO), 1996.

Watching Rape: Film and Television in Postfeminist Culture, New York University Press (New York, NY), 2001.

Contributor to Whiteness: the Communication of Social Identity, edited by Thomas K. Nakayama and Judith Martin, Sage (Newbury Park, CA), 1999, and Fantasy Girls: Navigating the New Universe of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television, edited by Elyce Rae Helford, Rowman and Littlefield (Lanham, MD), 2000.

SIDELIGHTS: Sarah Projansky's primary area of scholarly activity is race and gender as portrayed in American popular culture through the lens of the media. Projansky also does research in the areas of girls in popular culture, feminist film studies and film history and theory. She has contributed articles to journals and anthologies and is the author of the book Watching Rape: Film and Television in Postfeminist Culture.

The subject of rape has long been a theme of films and television shows in the United States. In the 1960s and 1970s feminist authors Susan Brownmiller and Molly Haskell wrote about it, but Projansky's Watching Rape has been recognized as the first examination of the subject in the context of postfeminism. Women's Review of Books contributor Catherine Squires found the book well reasoned and accessibly written. In Choice, P. D. Schultz noted that Watching Rape offers a particularly interesting analysis of the film Thelma and Louise



Choice, April, 2002, P.D. Schultz, review of Watching Rape: Film and Television in Postfeminist Culture, pp. 429-430.

Science Fiction Studies, July, 1997, Daniel Bernardi, review of Enterprise Zones: Critical Positions on Star Trek, pp. 261-264.

WE International, fall, 1997, review of Enterprise Zones, p. 45.

Women's Review of Books, June, 2002, Catherine Squires, review of Watching Rape, pp. 25-26.*