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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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Fantasies of the Housewife: The Case of Crossroads

Fantasies of the Housewife: The Case of Crossroads

(p.66) 4 Fantasies of the Housewife: The Case of Crossroads
The Feminist, the Housewife, and the Soap Opera

Charlotte Brunsdon

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the career and criticism of one of the most significant women of soap opera in Great Britain during the 1970s: Meg Mortimer of Crossroads. It suggests that Mortimer's appeal to the television audience lies partly in the way she represented the fantasy embodiment of a housewife. It argues that there may be greater similarities between the feminist soap opera and the soap opera housewife/matriarch than might initially be assumed.

Keywords:   Meg Mortimer, Crossroads, soap opera, housewife, Great Britain

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