A Table for One
A Critical Reading of Singlehood, Gender and Time
Manchester University Press 2017
New Books in Arts & LettersNew Books in Critical TheoryNew Books in Gender StudiesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in Popular CultureNew Books in SociologyNew Books Network December 5, 2017 Kyle McMillen
Why are you still single?
This question is often asked of single women, especially those who are deemed by loved ones or friends to be too old to be single. In her newest book, A Table for One: A Critical Reading of Singlehood, Gender and Time (Manchester University Press, 2017), Kinneret Lahad analyzes this undertheorized aspect of the gendered experience. Singlehood is inextricably linked to a post-structural analysis of time: not only are single women judged on their single status based on how old they are, but Lahad argues that being single often ages women at a faster rate in the eyes of others. This book offers a brilliant analysis of singlehood and how different aspects of popular culture depict this intersection of identity. From movies and television shows, popular stories, and online commentary, the ways that these aspects of our culture shapes the identity of a single woman is far-reaching and pervasive. This book is a great read for anyone interested in yet-to-be-fully-explored aspects of gender studies or anyone that has been bothered by the question “why are you still single?”