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The Feminist, the Housewife, and the Soap Opera$
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Charlotte Brunsdon

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159803.001.0001

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Feminists Taking Soap Opera Seriously: The Work of Carol Lopate, Michèle Mattelart, and Tania Modleski

Feminists Taking Soap Opera Seriously: The Work of Carol Lopate, Michèle Mattelart, and Tania Modleski

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The Feminist, the Housewife, and the Soap Opera
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Charlotte Brunsdon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159803.003.0004

This chapter examines the language and concerns of three pioneering 1970s feminist commentators on soap opera. It suggests that the continuities between the work of the 1940s and the 1970s are greater than is usually supposed. An analysis of literary criticism in the 1970s reveals that its focus was on the emerging figure of the feminist intellectual and her contradictory response to conventional femininity. It discusses the works of Carol Lopate, Michele Mattelart, and Tania Modleski.

Keywords:   feminist critics, soap opera, femininity, Carol Lopate, Michele Mattelart, Tania Modleski

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