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208 Pages

ISBN: 9780719070785


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Hollywood Romantic Comedy

States of the Union, 1934-65

Kathrina Glitre

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Explores the changing representation of the couple in romantic comedy, focusing on the key themes of marriage, equality and desire
  • Considers the three cycles of production: screwball comedy in the thirties; career woman comedy in the forties; and sex comedy in the fifties
  • Analyses shifting discourses around heterosexuality, gender, romance and love
  • Includes detailed discussion of Myrna Loy and William Powell, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, and Doris Day and Rock Hudson
  • Enables a more sophisticated understanding of the functions of such generic conventions as masquerade, gender inversion, the 'green world' and the happy ending
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