Only a small selection of Brenda R. Weber's articles is featured here

What makes the man? Television makeovers, made-over masculinity, and male body image

From the Finish Line to the Gender Line

Beauty, Desire, and Anxiety: The Economy of Sameness in ABC's Extreme Makeover

Toward a Genderful Pedagogy and the Teaching of Masculinity

Makeovers in the New Millenium: A Story of Shame and Salvation Told in A Different Key


Book review: The Lolita Effect

Book review: Situating the Exceptional Woman



"Real Moms, Reality Monsters: Transmediated Continuity, Reality Celebrity and the Female Grotesque." Co-authored with Jennifer Jones. Camera Obscura 88.1 (2015).

"Masculinity, American Modernity, and Body-Modification: A Feminist Reading of American Eunuchs." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 38.3 (Spring 2013): 671-694.

“‘I Will Get Domesticated After Awhile:’  Rhetorics of Gender, Class, and Region at the Western Female Seminary, est. 1853.”  Feminist Formations (formerly National Women’s Studies Association Journal.  2012.

“Stark Raving Fat:  Celebrity, Cellulite, and the Sliding Scale of Sanity.”  Feminism & Psychology. 2012.

“Always Lonely:  Celebrity, Motherhood, and the Dilemma of Destiny.” PMLA (Publication of the Modern Languages Association).  2012.

“Reality (Celebrity) Check:  Fat, Death, and the Aging Female Body.”  Celebrity Studies.  2012.

“Masculinity, American Modernity, and Body-Modification:  A Feminist Reading of American Eunuchs.”Signs:  Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 2012.

“Toward a Genderful Pedagogy and the Teaching of Masculinity.”  Co-authored with Shaun Johnson. The Journal of Men’s Studies 19.2 Spring 2011:  138-158.

“Channeling Charlotte: Woman’s Secret and the Cult of Celebrity in Elizabeth Robins’ White Violets.” Women’s Writing 18.4 November 2011:  486-504.

“Teaching Popular Culture Through Gender Studies:  Feminist Pedagogy in a Postfeminist and Neoliberal Academy.”  Feminist Teacher 20.2 (2010):  124-138.

“Genre Transvestites:  Testosterone Tales and Feminine Textual Bodies on Fox’s 24 and The Swan.”  With Karolyn Steffens.  The Journal of Popular Culture. 43.4 (August 2010): 860-880.

“Talking Sex, Talking Kinsey: Discursive Bodies and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female.”  Australian Feminist Studies 25:64 (2010):  189-198.



"Fame Whores, Money Monsters, and Sperm Receptacles: Transmediated Continuity and the Misogynist Disciplining of Reality Celebrity Mothers." In The Television Studies Handbook. Eds., Toby Miller, Herman Gray, and Milly Buoana. Sage.

"Comedian, Covergirl, Conversationalist: Ellen Degeneres's Incorporate Body." Co- authored with Joselyn Leimbach. In Hysterical! Women in American Comedy." Eds., Linda Mizejewski and Victoria Sturtevant. University of Texas Press.

"Ambitious Women and the Threat of Monstrosity: The Politics of Popularity, Artistry, and Gender in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America." In Literary Celebrity and the Construction of Identity, 1800 - 2000. Ed, Rick Honings. Palgrave Macmillan.

"Mapping the Makeover Maze: The Contours and Contradictions of Makeover TV." Invited Submission. A Companion to Reality Television. Laurie Ouellette, ed. Wiley-Blackwell.

"Reluctant Celebrity: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Fanny Fern, and the Transatlantic Flow of Gender and Fame." In Transatlantic Authors in the Nineteenth Century, Briggitte Bailey, ed. University Press of New England. 2012.

"Puerile Pillars of the Frat Pack: Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, and Ben Stiller." Invited submission, Movie Stars of the 2,000s. Murray Pomerance, ed. Rutgers University Press. Forthcoming 2011. 20 pp.

"From All-American Mom to Super Bitch from Hell: Kate Gosselin and the Classed and Gendered Politics of Reality Celebrity." Invited submission, Reality Television and Class. Helen Wood and Beverly Skeggs, eds. British Film Institute, 2011: 156-168.

"Imperialist Projections: Manners, Makeovers, and Models of Nationality" in Women on Screen: Feminism and Femininity in Visual Culture. Melanie Waters, ed. Palgrave MacMillan, 2011: 136-152.

"In Desperate Need (of a Makeover): The Neoliberal Project, the Design Expert, and the Social Body in Distress" in Mediating Disaster: Old and New Media After Katrina. Diane Negra, ed. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010: 175-201.







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Brenda R. Weber

Indiana University
Department of Gender Studies
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1021 East Third St.
Bloomington IN 47405-7105