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All that Hollywood Allows

Re-reading Gender in 1950s Melodrama

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All that Hollywood Allows by Jackie Byars
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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. She critiques earlier approaches to the study of women's films anoffers fresh raeeangs, emphasisingng from several different perspectives the suppressed female voice.
Release date NZ
September 5th, 1991
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
100 b&w photographs (film stills)
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
336
ISBN-13
9780415071178
Product ID
1678247

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