Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre

Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre

by Tamar Jeffers McDonald
     
 

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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

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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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This volume crams everything from Doris Day to The 40 Year-Old Virgin into its 117 pages. Each of its five broad catagories is examined over the lifespan of the genre and includes valuable case studies. Highly recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231503389
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/16/2012
Series:
Short Cuts
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
File size:
3 MB

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Meet the Author

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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