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    DescriptionThough wildly popular, daytime soaps are arguably the most denigrated and parodied of any contemporary entertainment form. For this reason, even the most devoted soap opera fans are often reticent or even secretive about the shows they love. Watching Daytime Soap Operas is a meditation on the pleasures - and displeasures - of watching and talking about daytime soap operas. In this multi-disciplinary study, Louise Spence talks to 25 women about their mostly solitary viewing practices and observes many Internet chat rooms. Over 20 years in the making, the book explores the varied critical and creative ways in which the women use soap operas in their lives. Spence draws on work in reception studies, and pays particular attention to the question of what it means to be a fan. She ultimately challenges the accepted belief that soap opera viewers are passive consumers of escapist fantasy. Her study expands the current literature of this largely misunderstood television genre while making an important contribution to the field of film-TV studies.

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    Watching Daytime Soap Operas
    The Power of Pleasure
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Louise Spence
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    ISBN 13: 9780819567659
    ISBN 10: 0819567655

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27440
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFC, JFSJ1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BISAC V2.8: PER004000, SOC052000
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.6
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    B&T General Subject: 221
    BISAC V2.8: PER010000
    BIC subject category V2: APTS
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 53
    BISAC V2.8: SOC028000
    DC22: 791.456, 791.45/6
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    LC classification: PN1992.8.S4 S64 2005
    Thema V1.0: JBSF1, JBCC, ATJS
    Illustrations note
    University Press of New England
    Imprint name
    Wesleyan University Press
    Publication date
    18 July 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Louise Spence is Professor of Media Studies at Sacred Heart University. She is a co-author of the award-winning Writing Himself into History: Oscar Micheaux, His Silent Films, and His Audiences (2000) and an avid soap opera fan.
    Review quote
    "Watching Daytime Soap Operas combines the best of those books that look at the unique textual features of the soap opera form with those that study soap opera audiences. I believe scholars and students could read this book and receive a complete education in the soap opera. To date I find it the best single book on the topic--if I were to adopt a book for use in my courses, I would choose this one." -- Jane Feuer, Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh