Melodrama: The Cultural Emergence of a Genre

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Michael Hays, Anastasia Nikolopoulou
St. Martin's Press, 1999 - Drama - 288 pages
Using the term melodrama as an abstract category to describe almost any literary mode--from nineteenth-century novels to 20th-century films--modern critics have obscured the genre's historical and cultural functions as well as the nature of its specific appeal to working-class audiences. To rectify this situation, the essays in this innovative and international collection redirect attention to the historical, social, and cultural milieu in which melodrama emerged.

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