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Women and Soap Opera


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Introduction 1

1 Soap Stories 9

2 The Aesthetic Experience 25

3 A Woman's Space 39

4 Family Matters 60

5 The Construction of a Community 84

6 Utopian Possibilities 107

7 Sex, Race and Class: the Pressures for Change 131

8 Women's fiction No More? 167

Conclusion 195

Notes 199

Index 208

About the Author

Christine Geraghty is a lecturer in Media and Communications Studies at Goldsmith's College.


'Geraghty, a pioneer in the field, provides a clearly argued, accessible account of a decade of feminist media scholarship which is informed by an exhaustive knowledge of, and pleasure in, the soaps of the period'. Charlotte Brunsdon, Film Studies, University of Warwick

'Women and Soap Opera is the most complete, deeply thought through and far-seeing work yet written on soap operas. Christine Geraghty's prose is elegant, lucid and accessible without sacrificing complexity ... finely nuanced and thought-provoking.'
Maria La Place, University of California

'As one of the pioneers of the study and appreciation of soap opera, Geraghty writes from a long term-engagement both with the form and with the individual programmes she discusses.' Screen, 1992

'The book is well-written and researched, summarizing much of the previous feminist work in the field... suitable for the general, as well as the academic reader.' American Library Association

'A useful overview of the literature an soaps and related women's genres.' Media Information Australia

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