Women and Soap Operas : Study of Prime-time Soaps
This is a study of the role of women in prime time soap operas. In a comparative analysis of British and North American television soaps, Christine Geraghty examines the relationship between the narrative on screen and the women who make up the traditional soap audience. Within the structure of many of the most popular soaps such as "Dallas", "Dynasty", "Coronation Street" and "Eastenders", the split between public and personal life, reason and emotion, work and leisure is turned into the lynch-pin of the plot. Geraghty discusses images of the family, the way in which women's roles in the community are portrayed, the character of the independent woman, and how sexual orientation, class and race are dealt with by the soaps. Finally she examines the possibility of using soap operas to promote change and influence attitudes and prejudices.
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- Hardback | 240 pages
- 138 x 216mm
- 01 Feb 1991
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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Table of contents
Soap stories; the aestheic experience; a woman's space; family matters; the construction of a community; utopian possibilities; sex, race and class - the pressures for change; women's fiction no more?