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Screen Tastes

Soap Opera to Satellite Dishes

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Screen Tastes by Charlotte Brunsdon
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In Screen Tastes: From Soap Opera to Satellite Dishes , Charlotte Brunsdon analyses a wide range of contemporary film and television programmes, from british soap operas and crime series such as Crossroads and Widows to Hollywood movies such as Working Girl and Pretty Woman . As well as interpretting the pleasures and meanings that these texts offer - particularly for women viewers - the book is concerned with the nature of media criticism, particularly feminist criticism, and the problematic aesthetics of popular culture. Why have feminist media critics been so interested in the soap opera viewer? What are the 'race' politics of the TV crime series? What is meant by 'quality' in television? And was the fuss about the erection of satellite dishes on British homes really about architectural values? Screen Tastes brings together Charlotte Brundson's key writings on film and television and its criticism, with new introductions which contextualise and update the arguments, and new work on the 'post-feminist girly' in recent Hollywood cinema. Brundson's focus is on the tastes and pleasures of the female consumer as she is produced by popular film an television - and by feminist criticism. Screen Tastes documents an important contribution to the development of a feminst cultural studies in the 1980s and 1990s. While acknowledging debates about the female spectator which underpinned the defence of soap opera and women's films, Brundson argues against feminist ciriticism getting stuck forever in a girly zone. In a period in which global television is undergoing radical transformation, the book responds to problems facing the cultural studies agenda in an age of aggressive de-regulation.
Release date NZ
May 8th, 1997
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
256
Dimensions
156x234x19
ISBN-13
9780415121552
Product ID
1838827

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