Screen Tastes: From Soap Opera to Satellite Dishes

Screen Tastes: From Soap Opera to Satellite Dishes

by Charlotte Brunsdon

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Screen Tastes: From Soap Opera to Satellite Dishes by Charlotte Brunsdon

Why are feminist media critics so interested in the soap opera viewer? What are the race politics of the crime series? What is meant by "quality" in television? In Screen Tastes, Charlotte Brunsdon analyzes a range of contemporary film and television programs, from British soaps and crime series to Hollywood movies such as Working Girl and Pretty Woman. As well as interpreting the pleasures and meanings that these texts offer--particularly for women viewers--she is concerned with media criticism, particularly feminist criticism, and the problematic aesthetics of popular culture. Screen Tastes collects Brunsdon's key writings on film and television and its criticism, and new work on the "post-feminist girly" in recent Hollywood cinema. Brunsdon's focus is on the tastes and pleasures of the female consumer as produced by popular film and television--and by feminist criticism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415121552
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/28/1997
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

PART I: THE DEFENSE OF SOAP OPERA

Introduction

1 Crossroads: Notes on Soap Opera

2 Writing About Soap Opera

3 Feminist and Soap Opera

4 The Role of Soap Opera in the Development of Feminist Television Criticism

PART II: CAREER GIRLS

Introduction

5 A Subject for the Seventies

6 Men's Genres for Women

7 Post-Feminism and Shopping Films

PART III: QUESTIONS OF QUALITY

Introduction

8 Aesthetics and Audiences

9 Problems with Quality

10 Satellite Dishes and the Landscapes of Taste

PART IV: FEMINIST IDENTITIES

Introduction

Pedagogies of the Feminine

Identity in Feminist Television Criticism

Notes; Bibliography of Works Cited; Index

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