Love and Marriage Across Social Classes in American Cinema

Authors: Sharot, Stephen

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  • First comprehensive and systematic historical survey of American films centering on cross-class romance
  • Outlines in detail the most important narrative patterns and thematic concerns of cross-class romance films, emphasizing both continuities and changes in these patterns and concerns over the decades
  • Contextualizes the films with reference to the structure and operations of the American film industry, their reception, the personas of the stars who appeared in them, and the social realities of working life, dating, and marriage in American society
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This book is the first comprehensive and systematic study of cross-class romance films throughout the history of American cinema. It provides vivid discussions of these romantic films, analyses their normative patterns and thematic concerns, traces how they were shaped by inequalities of gender and class in American society, and explains why they were especially popular from World War I through the roaring twenties and the Great Depression. In the vast majority of cross-class romance films the female is poor or from the working class, the male is wealthy or from the upper class, and the romance ends successfully in marriage or the promise of marriage.
   

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Stephen Sharot (D.Phil. Oxford) is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His research focuses on representations of class and their relationships to gender in popular cinema. He is the author of five books and numerous articles in the sociology of religion.    

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“This book is useful for American cinema scholars for its encyclopedic coverage of these films and for the patterns it observes across the quantity of films it explores. Sharot also provides enough context of both developments in the film industry … . Accomplishing much more than merely a history of a prominent film subgenre, the book joins the complex historical and sociological conversation about class and gender in twentieth-century America.” (Paul Arras, Journal of Popular Culture, 2018)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Love and Marriage Across Social Classes in American Cinema
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-41799-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-41799-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82432-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 273
Number of Illustrations
26 b/w illustrations
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