The Melodramatic Imagination

Author: Peter Brooks
Editor: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300065534
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In this lucid and fascinating book, Peter Brooks argues that melodrama is a crucial mode of expression in modern literature. After studying stage melodrama as a dominant popular form in the nineteenth century, he moves on to Balzac and Henry James to show how these "realist" novelists created fiction using the rhetoric and excess of melodrama - in particular its secularized conflicts of good and evil, salvation and damnation. The Melodramatic Imagination has become a classic work for understanding theater, fiction, and film.

Watching Dallas

Author: Ien Ang
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1136109161
Size: 10,34 MB
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Dallas, one of the great internationally-screened soap operas, offers us first and foremost entertainment. But what is it about Dallas that makes that entertainment so successful, and how exactly is its entertainment constructed?

The Melodramatic Imagination

Author: Marilyn J. Rose
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Imitations Of Life

Author: Cawelti, John G.
Editor: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 9780814320655
Size: 18,78 MB
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On melodrama.

Thomas Hardy Sensationalism And The Melodramatic Mode

Author: R. Nemesvari
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 0230118844
Size: 17,21 MB
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The first full-length study of sensationalist and melodramatic elements in Hardy's novels uses six of his texts to demonstrate the ways in which Hardy uses the melodramatic mode to advance his critique of established Victorian cultural beliefs through the employment of non-realistic plot devices and sensational 'excess.'

The Prophetic Tradition And Radical Rhetoric In America

Author: James Darsey
Editor: NYU Press
ISBN: 081474415X
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This expansive volume traces the rhetoric of reform across American history, examining such pivotal periods as the American Revolution, slavery, McCarthyism, and today's gay liberation movement. At a time when social movements led by religious leaders, from Louis Farrakhan to Pat Buchanan, are playing a central role in American politics, James Darsey connects this radical tradition with its prophetic roots. Public discourse in the West is derived from the Greek principles of civility, diplomacy, compromise, and negotiation. On this model, radical speech is often taken to be a sympton of social disorder. Not so, contends Darsey, who argues that the rhetoric of reform in America represents the continuation of a tradition separate from the commonly accepted principles of the Greeks. Though the links have gone unrecognized, the American radical tradition stems not from Aristotle, he maintains, but from the prophets of the Hebrew Bible.

The Politics Of Melodramatic Imagination

Author: Ming-Hong Alex Twu
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Screening The Past

Author: Tony Barta
Editor: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275954024
Size: 14,82 MB
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Historians and filmmakers explore how and why history is portrayed on film.

The Dynasty Years

Author: Jostein Gripsrud
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134884907
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The Dynasty Years documents and analyses in detail 'the Dynasty phenomenon', the hotly debated success of the Hollywood-made 'Rolls Royce of a primetime soap' which heralded a profound transformation of European television. From the operatic camp of Krystle and Alexis' fight in the lilypond or the Moldavian wedding massacre to the unprecedented gay sub-plot, Dynasty represented, in the words of co-producer Esther Shapiro, "the ultimate dollhouse fantasy for middle-aged women". Using evidence from audience survey results, newspaper and magazine clippings and letters to broadcasters and drawing on semiotics, psychoanalysis, feminism and critical social theories, Jostein Gripsrud examines every aspect of Dynasty's production, reception and context. The result is a groundbreaking critical study. Jostein Gripsrud offers a theoretical but empirically grounded critique of many central positions in media studies, including notions of 'audience resistance' and the 'sovereign' audience and its freedom in meaning-making, arguing against what he perceives as the uncritical celebrations of the soap-opera genre in much contemporary media criticism.

Griffith Review 31

Author: Julianne Schultz
Editor: Text Publishing
ISBN: 0987079743
Size: 13,38 MB
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The complexity and urgency of twenty-first century problems demand new Ways of Seeing. For decades, the humanities and social sciences have withered in the shadow of market economics and scientific rationalism. Now more than ever, we need a human-centred approach, learning from literature and philosophy and drawing on the creative imagination.