Hollywood romantic comedy: States of Union, 1934–1965

Manchester University Press, 2013 M07 19 - 208 páginas
This book explores the changing representation of the couple, focusing on themes of marriage, equality and desire. Kathrina Glitre moves beyond the usual screwball territory to consider cycles of production from 1934-65. The central concern with the representation of the couple is distinctive and includes discussion of three star couples: Myrna Loy and William Powell, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, and Doris Day and Rock Hudson. Glitre offers explanations of genre, as well as detailed analysis of screwball comedy, career woman comedy and sex comedy. Each cycle is placed into context to analyse cultural discourses around heterosexuality, gender, romance and love. This structure also enables a more sophisticated understanding of such conventions as masquerade, gender inversion and the happy ending. The book will appeal to university students and academics working on genre, gender, culture and representation, and anyone with a keen interest in Hollywood romantic comedy.

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Genre cycles and critical traditions
marriage remarriage and screwball
Myrna Loy and William Powell
equality and the career woman comedy
Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy
There must be a boy Doris Day and Rock Hudson
the extraordinary couple
the cycles

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Kathrina Glitre is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of the West of England

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