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Overview

Unruly women have been making a spectacle of themselves in film and on television from Mae West to Roseanne Arnold. In this groundbreaking work, Kathleen Rowe explores how the unruly woman—often a voluptuous, noisy, joke-making rebel or "woman on top"—uses humor and excess to undermine patriarchal norms and authority.

At the heart of the book are detailed analyses of two highly successful unruly women—the comedian Roseanne Arnold and the Muppet Miss Piggy. Putting these two figures in a deeper cultural perspective, Rowe also examines the evolution of romantic film comedy from the classical Hollywood period to the present, showing how the comedic roles of actresses such as Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck, and Marilyn Monroe offered an alternative, empowered image of women that differed sharply from the "suffering heroine" portrayed in classical melodramas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292770690
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Series: Texas Film and Media Studies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 866,795
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Feminist Film Theory and the Question of Laughter 1
Pt. 1 The Unruly Woman 23
1 Pig Ladies, Big Ladies, and Ladies with Big Mouths: Feminism and the Carnivalesque 25
2 Roseanne: The Unruly Woman as Domestic Goddess 50
Pt. 2 Female Unruliness in Narrative Cinema 93
3 Narrative, Comedy, and Melodrama 95
4 Romantic Comedy and the Unruly Virgin in Classical Hollywood Cinema 116
5 Professor-Heroes and Brides on Top 145
6 Dumb Blondes 169
7 Masculinity and Melodrama in Postclassical Romantic Comedy 191
Afterword: Shape-Shifting 213
Notes 221
Works Cited 247
Index 261
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