The feminist, the housewife, and the soap opera

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Clarendon Press, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 253 pages
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The Feminist, the Housewife, and the Soap Opera traces the history of the feminist engagement with soap opera using a wide range of sources from programme publicity to interviews with key soap opera scholars. The book reveals that feminist scholarship on soap opera was a significant site ofwhich the identity 'feminist intellectual' was produced in dialogue with her imagined other, the soap opera watching housewife. The book integrates personal autobiographical accounts within a broader history which traces both the move from 'women's liberation' to 'Feminism', and the acceptance ofsoap opera as a serious object of study.

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Contents

Womens Genres and Female Agency
19
The Housewife in 1940s Mass Communication
43
The Work
52
Copyright

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About the author (2000)

Charlotte Brunsdon is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick. She is the author of "The Feminist, the Housewife and the Soap Opera" (OUP 2000) and "Screen Tastes" (Routledge 1997).