7 — Elaine and the Island of Lost Boys
Please respond to the following in a Google Doc (directions), and share it with Dr. Marshall. Also, before you begin, read the guide Writing about Film and TV.
- What is care ethics, and how does it relate to feminism?
- According to Sarah E. Worth, does Elaine uphold this branch of feminism (i.e., care ethics)? What do you think; is this enough to discount Elaine as a feminist character in the 1990s?
- What does Vlad Dima mean when he calls Elaine "a chameleon" among her male friends? How does she "shift form," so to speak? And what about other women who appear on Seinfeld? How do they—specifically their voices—function on the show?
- What does Matthew Bond mean that Seinfeld is "a fantasy land" with Jerry as "Peter Pan"? Offer at least two ways this plays out in "The Sponge" and "The Voice."
Grad Students Only...
Which sitcom character of the last 20 years comes closest to representing your understanding of the word feminist? Explain.