Family Fictions explores images and narratives of the family in recent Hollywood cinema. This is the first in-depth analysis of this important topic which explores how problematic representations of the family were in a period when the family was a pivotal political and social issue. Through close textual analysis of the biggest box-office hits of recent years, this book demonstrates the volatility of family representations and the instability of its narrative and ideological functions. Well-known films discussed, include Kramer versus Kramer , E.T. and Look Who's Talking.
Foreword; J.Thumim - Acknowledgements - Introduction - PART 1: SOCIETY/CULTURE/HISTORY: FAMILIES IN THE EIGHTIES - Britain in the Eighties - Hollywood Cinema in the Eighties - Family Representations: The Family in Crisis - PART 2: FILM FAMILIES: FAMILY FILMS - Family Fortunes: Key Representational Paradigms - Backlash Patriarch or New Man? The Role of the Father - Absence and Loss: The Evacuation of the Mother - Look Who's Talking: Challenging Children and Parental Inversions - Family Dramas: The Family in E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial - Conclusions and Futures: Stasis and Change - Appendices - Family Paradigms - Synopses of Selected Top Box Office Hollywood Films: 1980-90 - Selection of Texts - Filmography - Bibliography - Index