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All That Hollywood Allows: Re-Reading Gender in 1950s Melodrama (Gender and American Culture)

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All That Hollywood Allows explores the representation of gender in popular Hollywood melodramas of the 1950s, the last decade in which film enjoyed a pivotal cultural position. Both a work of feminist film criticism and theory and an analysis of popular culture, this provocative book examines from a cultural studies perspective the top-grossing film melodramas of that decade, including A Streetcar Named Desire, From Here to Eternity, East of Eden, Imitation of Life, and Picnic.

Stereotypically viewed as a complacent and idyllic time, the 1950s were actually a period of dislocation and great social change as Americans struggled to regain their equilibrium in the wake of World War II. Jackie Byars argues that mass-media texts of the period, especially films, provide evidence of society's consuming preoccupation with the domestic sphere—the nuclear family and its values. The melodramas included in her study appeared in theaters just as women were leaving their homes for the workplace. Some films challenged and some reinforced previously sacrosanct gender roles. Byars shows how Hollywood melodramas participated in, interpreted, and extended societal debates concerning family structure, sexual divisions of labor, and gender roles.

Byars's readings of these films assess a variety of critical methodologies and approaches to textual analysis, some central to feminist film studies and some that previously have been bypassed by scholars in the field. She specifically questions the validity of readings grounded solely on the premises of psychoanalysis, arguing that the male norm inherent in the psychoanalytic viewpoint may well prevent us from hearing, let alone understanding, the female voices that make their way into the most patriarchal of films. Byars thus critiques earlier approaches to the study of women's films and offers fresh readings, emphasizing from several important perspectives the suppressed female voice.

Synopsis:

'All That Hollywood Allows' explores the representation of gender in popular Hollywood melodramas of the 1950s, the last decade in which film enjoyed a pivotal cultural position.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 289-301) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807843123
Author:
Byars, Jackie
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Women in motion pictures
Subject:
Melodrama
Subject:
Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Melodrama in motion pictures.
Subject:
Feminist film criticism.
Subject:
Sex role in motion pictures.
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
gender; Hollywood; melodrama; 1950s; film; feminist; popular culture; cultural studies; A Streetcar Named Desire; From Here to Eternity; East of Eden; Imitation of Life; Picnic; mass media; the nuclear family; women; psychoanalysis
Subject:
Culture in motion pictures
Subject:
Gender.
Subject:
Hollywood
Subject:
1950s
Subject:
Film
Subject:
Feminist
Subject:
Cultural Studies
Subject:
A Streetcar Named Desire
Subject:
From Here to Eternity
Subject:
East of Eden
Subject:
Imitation of life
Subject:
Picnic
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
the nuclear family
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Gender and American Culture Paperback
Series Volume:
v. 3
Publication Date:
June 1991
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.05x5.94x.99 in. 1.26 lbs.

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