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The Feminist, the Housewife, and the Soap Opera$
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Charlotte Brunsdon

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159803.001.0001

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The Feminist, the Housewife, and the Soap Opera

The Feminist, the Housewife, and the Soap Opera

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The Feminist, the Housewife, and the Soap Opera

Charlotte Brunsdon

Oxford University Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on feminist television criticism of soap opera in the U.S. and Great Britain during the period from 1975 to 1986. The results reveal how the feminist intellectual was partly produced in the complicated and contradictory struggles to define a soap opera as a legitimate area of engagement for intellectual work. The findings also indicate that soap opera had very particular resonances for the emergent feminism of the 1970s.

Keywords:   soap opera, feminism, U.S., Great Britain, television criticism

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