Contesting Tears: Hollywood Melodrama of the Unknown Woman (New edition)

Contesting Tears: Hollywood Melodrama of the Unknown Woman (New edition)

By: Stanley Cavell (author)Hardback

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Stanley Cavell identified a genre of classic American films that engaged these questions in his study of comedies of remarriage, "Pursuits of Happiness". With "Contesting Tears", Cavell demonstrates that a contrasting genre, which he calls "the melodrama of the unknown woman," shares a surprising number and weave of concerns with those comedies. Cavell provides close readings of four melodramas he finds definitive of the genre: "Letter from an Unknown Woman", "Gaslight", "Now Voyager", and "Stella Dallas".

Contents

A Note on the Captions Preface Introduction 1: Naughty Orators: Negation of Voices in Gaslight 2: Psychoanalysis and Cinema: Moments of Letter from an Unknown Woman 3: Ugly Duckling, Funny Butterfly: Bette Davis and Now, Voyager 4: Postscript: To Whom It May Concern 5: Stella's Taste: Reading Stella Dallas Notes Bibliography Filmography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780226098142
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780226098142
  • weight: 550
  • ISBN10: 0226098141
  • edition: New edition

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