Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre

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Overview

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.
Empire

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905674022
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press
  • Publication date: 4/3/2007
  • Series: Short Cuts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Romantic Comedy and Genre2. Screwball Comedies3. The Sex Comedy4. The Radical Romantic Comedy5. The Neo-Traditional Romantic ComedyConclusionNotesAppendicesFilmographyBibliographyIndex

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