All That Hollywood Allows: Rereading Gender in 1950's Melodrama

All That Hollywood Allows: Rereading Gender in 1950's Melodrama

By: Jackie Byars (author)Paperback

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All that Hollywood Allows explores the representation of gender in popular Hollywood melodramas of the 1950s. Both a work of feminist film criticism and theory and an analysis of popular culture, this provocative book examines from a cultural studies perspective top-grossing film melodramas, such as A Streetcar Named Desire, From Here to Eternity, East of Eden, Imitation of Life and Picnic. Stereotypically viewed as a complacent and idyllic time, the 1950s were actually a time of dislocation and great social change. Jackie Byars argues that mass media texts of the period, especially films, provide evidence of society's consuming preoccupation with the domestic sphere - the nuclear family and its values - and she shows how Hollywood melodramas interpreted and extended societal debates concerning family structure, sexual divisions of labour, and gender roles. Her readings of these films assess a variety of critical methodologies and approaches to textual analysis, some central to feminist film studies and some previously bypassed by scholars in the field.

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Product Details

  • publication date: 05/09/1991
  • ISBN13: 9780415071178
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9780415071178
  • weight: 544
  • ISBN10: 0415071178

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