The Talking Cure by Jane M. Shattuc
TV Talk Shows and Women

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The Talking Cure examines four nationally syndicated television talk shows--Donahue, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Geraldo and Sally Jessy Raphael--which are primarily devoted to feminine culture and issues. Serving as one of the few public forums where working-class women and those with different sexual orientations have a voice, these talk shows represent American TV at its most radical. Shattuc examines the tension between talk's feminist politics and the television industry, who, in their need to appeal to women, trades on sensation, stereotypes and fears in order to engender product consumption. However, this genre is not a one-way form of social interaction. The female audience complies and resists in a complex give-and-take, and it is this relationship which The Talking Cure aims to understand and reveal.
 

About Jane M. Shattuc

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Jane M. Shattuc is Associate Professor of Mass Communication-Film at Emerson College, Boston. She is the author of Television, Tabloids and Tears: Fassbinder and Popular Culture.
 
Published January 24, 1997 by Routledge. 272 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Comparing 1994 TV themes with news of ""crime and the uncommon"" in Joseph Pulitzer's 1884 New York World, Shattuc traces the talk show's evolution from the 1950s late-night celebrity talk format and 1960s daytime celebrity talk shows to the National Enquirer and the ""circuslike display"" seen o...

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