The Feminist, the Housewife, and the Soap Opera by Charlotte Brunsdon

The Feminist, the Housewife, and the Soap Opera

byCharlotte Brunsdon

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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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Charlotte Brunsdon Reader in Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick
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Title:The Feminist, the Housewife, and the Soap OperaFormat:PaperbackPublished:February 24, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198159811

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart 1. Mapping the FieldsWomen's genres and female agencyPart 2. Early Work on Soap Opera: "Worrying Responsibility"The Housewife in the 1940s Mass Communication Research: Arnheim, Kaufman, and HerzogFeminists Taking Soap Opera Seriously: The Work of Carol Lopate, Michele Mattelart, and Tania ModleskiFantasies of the Housewife: The Case of CrossroadsPart 3. Talking Soap OperaAutobiography and Ethnography'I don't think we thought about it as studying soap opera': Christine Geraghty'What about the rest of the audience?' Dorothy Hobson'Slightly guilty pleasures': Terry Lovell'The pleasure of a programme like this is not something simple': Ien Ang'A sense of trying to valorise soap opera as women's TV': Ellen SeiterCommonalties: Writing Across the InterviewsThe Feminist, the Housewife, and the Soap OperaAppendixBibliography

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`Brunsdon's excellent book should be required reading for humanities and social-science-based scholars of daytime television serials and for anyone interested in the development of feminist theory and criticism from the 1970s to the present.' R.R. Warhol, CHOICE, Nov.00, Vol.38, No.3.