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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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Fantasies of the Housewife: The Case of Crossroads

Fantasies of the Housewife: The Case of Crossroads

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(p.66) 4 Fantasies of the Housewife: The Case of Crossroads
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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/9780198159803.003.0005

This chapter examines the career and criticism of one of the most significant women of soap opera in Great Britain during the 1970s: Meg Mortimer of Crossroads. It suggests that Mortimer's appeal to the television audience lies partly in the way she represented the fantasy embodiment of a housewife. It argues that there may be greater similarities between the feminist soap opera and the soap opera housewife/matriarch than might initially be assumed.

Keywords:   Meg Mortimer, Crossroads, soap opera, housewife, Great Britain

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