Love and Marriage Across Social Classes in American Cinema

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Springer, 18 de nov de 2016 - 273 páginas
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This book is the first comprehensive and systematic study of cross-class romance films throughout the history of American cinema. It provides vivid discussions of these romantic films, analyses their normative patterns and thematic concerns, traces how they were shaped by inequalities of gender and class in American society, and explains why they were especially popular from World War I through the roaring twenties and the Great Depression. In the vast majority of cross-class romance films the female is poor or from the working class, the male is wealthy or from the upper class, and the romance ends successfully in marriage or the promise of marriage.
 

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Love Marriage and Class
1
Before the Movies The CrossClass Romance in Fiction
21
From Attraction and the OneReeler to the Feature
49
Sexual Exploitation and Class Conflict
82
Consumerism and Ethnicity
121
The CrossClass Romance in the Depression
163
Male Seducers and Female GoldDiggers
195
The End of the Golden Era and After
227
Conclusion Formula Genre and Social Experience
259
Index
267
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Stephen Sharot (D.Phil. Oxford) is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His research focuses on representations of class and their relationships to gender in popular cinema. He is the author of five books and numerous articles in the sociology of religion.

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