By Jackie Byars
All that Hollywood permits explores the illustration of gender in well known Hollywood melodramas of the Fifties. either a piece of feminist movie feedback and thought and an research of pop culture, this provocative publication examines from a cultural stories viewpoint top-grossing movie melodramas, resembling A Streetcar Named hope, From right here to Eternity, East of Eden, Imitation of existence and Picnic. Stereotypically considered as a complacent and idyllic time, the Fifties have been really a time of dislocation and nice social switch. Jackie Byars argues that mass media texts of the interval, particularly movies, supply facts of society's eating preoccupation with the household sphere - the and its values - and she or he indicates how Hollywood melodramas interpreted and prolonged societal debates bearing on relatives constitution, sexual divisions of labour, and gender roles. Her readings of those motion pictures verify various serious methodologies and techniques to textual research, a few valuable to feminist movie reviews and a few formerly bypassed by means of students within the box.
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38 Humanist Marxists rejected theories of ideology as “false consciousness,” turning to examinations of the ways human beings create their social realities, with an emphasis on the cultural arena as the site for ideological struggle; they considered whole ways of life, symbolic systems, and structures of experience. Culture and interpretation were established as problems central to Western Marxism, the existence of multiple cultures within single social formations was recognized, and the need to understand the mass media and their impact was acknowledged as one of the more pressing problems.
Two recently published anthologies of feminist media criticism—E. Deidre Pribram’s Female Spectators and Margaret Marshment and Lorraine Gamman’s The Female Gaze (both 1988)—included articles that addressed racial differences in the production and consumption of film texts, but the attempt to theorize diversity within Cultural Studies 25 feminist film studies remains in its infancy, in part because of the tendency, as Gaines noted, among feminist film theorists and critics to concentrate their attention on the formal aspects of film.
My intent with this book is to show how textual analysis can be simultaneously responsive to theories concerned with the discursive construction of subjectivity and to research on actual historical readers and their distinctly different responses to the struggle among the elements within a text. Each of the positions described above implies a stance on the questions central to this book: How do film texts participate in the ideological process? Specifically, how do they contribute to the ongoing construction and reconstruction of gender?
All That Hollywood Allows: Rereading Gender in 1950's Melodrama (Gender and American Culture) by Jackie Byars