All That Hollywood Allows by Jackie Byars
Re-reading Gender in 1950s Melodrama (Gender and American Culture)

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All that Hollywood Allows explores the representation of gender in popular Hollywood melodramas of the 1950s. Both a work of feminist film criticism and theory and an analysis of popular culture, this provocative book examines from a cultural studies perspective top-grossing film melodramas, such as A Streetcar Named Desire, From Here to Eternity, East of Eden, Imitation of Life and Picnic.
Stereotypically viewed as a complacent and idyllic time, the 1950s were actually a time of dislocation and great social change. Jackie Byars argues that mass media texts of the period, especially films, provide evidence of society's consuming preoccupation with the domestic sphere - the nuclear family and its values - and she shows how Hollywood melodramas interpreted and extended societal debates concerning family structure, sexual divisions of labour, and gender roles. Her readings of these films assess a variety of critical methodologies and approaches to textual analysis, some central to feminist film studies and some previously bypassed by scholars in the field.

About Jackie Byars

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Jackie Byars received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and has taught in film/media studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bryn Mawr College, Texas Christian University, St. Mary's College of California, and Wayne State University (since 1992).
Published September 2, 2003 by Routledge. 340 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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