Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre

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Columbia University Press, Jul 16, 2012 - Performing Arts - 144 pages
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Romantic Comedy offers an introduction to the analysis of a popular but overlooked film genre. The book provides an overview of Hollywood's romantic comedy conventions, examining iconography, narrative patterns, and ideology. Chapters discuss important subgroupings within the genre: screwball sex comedy and the radical romantic comedy of the 1970s. A final chapter traces the lasting influence of these earlier forms within current romantic comedies. Films include: Pillow Talk (1959), Annie Hall (1977), and You've Got Mail (1998).
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Romantic Comedy and Genre
7
2 Screwball Comedies
18
3 The Sex Comedy
38
4 The Radical Romantic Comedy
59
5 The NeoTraditional Romantic Comedy
85
Conclusion
106
Notes
113
Appendices
115
Filmography
120
Bibliography
125
Index
130
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Tamar Jeffers McDonald is lecturer in film studies at Rutherford College, University of Kent, United Kingdom. She is the author of the forthcoming Hollywood Catwalk: Exploring Costume in Mainstream Film and editor of Virgin Territory: Representing Sexual Inexperience in Film.

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