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Author Cavell, Stanley, 1926-

Title Contesting tears : the Hollywood melodrama of the unknown woman / Stanley Cavell.

Publication Info. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1996.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Yorkville PL Adult Non-Fiction - YKBB-4  791.43 CAV    AVAILABLE
Description xvi, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-239) , filmography (p. 241-242) and index.
Contents Naughty orators: negation of voice in Gaslight -- Psychoanalysis and cinema: moments of Letter from an unknown woman -- Ugly duckling, funny butterfly: Bette Davis and Now, voyager -- Postscript: to whom it may concern -- Stella's taste: reading Stella Dallas.
Summary What is marriage? Can a relationship dedicated to equality, friendship, and mutual education flower in an atmosphere of romance? What are the paths between loving another and knowing another? Stanley Cavell identified a genre of classic American films that engaged these questions in his study of comedies of remarriage, Pursuits of Happiness. With Contesting Tears, Cavell demonstrates that a contrasting genre, which he calls "the melodrama of the unknown woman," shares a surprising number and weave of concerns with those comedies.
Cavell provides close readings of four melodramas he finds definitive of the genre: Letter from an Unknown Woman; Gaslight; Now, Voyager; and Stella Dallas. The women in these melodramas, like the women in the comedies, demand equality, shared education, and transfiguration, exemplifying for Cavell a moral perfectionism he identifies as Emersonian. But unlike the comedies, which portray a quest for a shared existence of expressiveness and joy, the melodramas trace instead the woman's recognition that in this quest she is isolated. Part of the melodrama concerns the various ways the men in the films (and the audiences of the films) interpret and desire to force the woman's consequent inaccessibility.
Subject Motion pictures for women.
Women in motion pictures.
Melodrama in motion pictures.
Marriage in motion pictures.
Films de femme.
Femmes au cinéma.
Mélodrame au cinéma.
Mariage au cinéma.
Mélodrame -- Au cinéma.
Femmes -- Au cinéma.
Mariage -- Au cinéma.
Cinéma -- États-Unis -- Hollywood (Calif.) -- Thèmes, motifs.
Hochzeit <Motiv>.
Melodrama <Film>.
Frau <Motiv>.
Marriage in motion pictures. (OCoLC)fst01010608
Melodrama in motion pictures. (OCoLC)fst01015774
Motion pictures for women. (OCoLC)fst01027432
Women in motion pictures. (OCoLC)fst01177931
Femmes au cinéma.
Films de femme.
Mariage au cinéma.
Mélodrame au cinéma.
Film. (DE-588)4017102-4
Frauenfilm. (DE-588)4125060-6
Melodrama (Film) (DE-588)4169389-9
Wiederverheiratung. (DE-588)4127545-7
USA. (DE-588)4078704-7
Indexed Term Marriage in motion pictures
Melodrama in motion pictures
Motion pictures for women
Women in motion pictures
ISBN 0226098141 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780226098142 (cloth : alk. paper)
0226098168 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780226098166 (pbk. : alk. paper)

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