The Unruly Woman / Edition 1

The Unruly Woman / Edition 1

by Kathleen Rowe, Kathleen Rowe Karlyn
     
 

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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292770690
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Series:
Texas Film and Media Studies Series
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Feminist Film Theory and the Question of Laughter1
Pt. 1The Unruly Woman23
1Pig Ladies, Big Ladies, and Ladies with Big Mouths: Feminism and the Carnivalesque25
2Roseanne: The Unruly Woman as Domestic Goddess50
Pt. 2Female Unruliness in Narrative Cinema93
3Narrative, Comedy, and Melodrama95
4Romantic Comedy and the Unruly Virgin in Classical Hollywood Cinema116
5Professor-Heroes and Brides on Top145
6Dumb Blondes169
7Masculinity and Melodrama in Postclassical Romantic Comedy191
Afterword: Shape-Shifting213
Notes221
Works Cited247
Index261

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