Having a Good Cry: Effeminate Feelings and Pop-Culture Forms

Having a Good Cry: Effeminate Feelings and Pop-Culture Forms


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ISBN-13: 9780814251089
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Publication date: 01/28/2003
Series: The Theory and Interpretation of Narrative Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Six Readers Reading--and Feelingix
1.Introduction: Effeminacy, Feelings, Forms1
Effeminacy: A Third Term for Gender Studies9
Feelings: How Do You Really Feel?11
Forms: Feminist Narratology and Close Reading23
2.The Cry: Effeminate Sentimentalism29
Having a Good Cry30
Sentimentalism and Sexism34
A Narratology of Good-Cry Techniques41
Crying Over The Color Purple50
3.The Cringe: Marriage Plots, Effeminacy, and Feminist Ambivalence58
Reading Too Closely for Comfort60
Discomforts of Reading Pretty Woman64
4.The Thrill and the Yawn: Antieffeminate Structures of Feeling in Serial Forms71
Self-Conscious Serial Forms73
Reading the (Boring) Victorian Serial76
Antieffeminate Affect88
E-mail as an Antieffeminate Form96
Bending Gender and the Habits of Affect99
5.The Climax and the Undertow: Effeminate Intensities in Soap Opera102
Who Is the "I" Who Watches Soaps?105
Intensities and Long-Term Viewing108
Effeminate Feeling and Soap Form116
Afterword: The Reader's Body from the Inside Out120

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