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Author Conference "Screen Melodrama--Global Perspectives" (2013 : New York, N.Y.), author.

Title Melodrama unbound : across history, media, and national cultures / edited by Christine Gledhill and Linda Williams.

Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]
©2018.

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 UniM Bail  791.43653 CONF    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxv, 406 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Series Film and culture.
Film and culture.
Notes Proceedings of a conference jointly mounted by Columbia University (School of the Arts) and New York University (Department of Cinema Studies), co-convened by Richard Allen and Jane Gaines, and which took place between February 28th and March 3rd, 2013.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-366) and index.
Contents Prologue : the reach of melodrama / Christine Gledhill -- Introduction / Christine Gledhill and Linda Williams -- Unbinding melodrama / Matthew Buckley -- The Passion of Christ and the melodramatic imagination / Richard Allen -- Boucicault in Bombay : global theatre circuits and domestic melodrama in the Parsi theatre / Kathryn Hansen -- Global melodrama and transmediality in turn of the century Japan / Hannah Airriess -- Transnational melodrama, Wenyi, and the orphan imagination / Zhen Xhang -- Performing/acting melodrama / Helen Day-Mayer and David Mayer -- Melodrama and the making of Hollywood / Hilary A. Hallett -- Modernizing melodrama : The petrified forest on American stage and screen (1935-1936) / Martin Shingler -- One suffers but one learns : melodrama and the rules of lack of limits / Carlos Monsiv√°is (trans. Kathleen M. Vernon) -- World and time : serial television melodrama in America / Linda Williams -- Melodrama's "authenticity" in Carl Th. Dreyer's La Passion de Jeanne D'arc / Amanda Doxtater -- "Tales of sound and fury ..." or, the elephant of melodrama / Linda Williams -- Repositioning excess : romantic melodrama's journey from Hollywood to China / Panpan Yang -- Melodrama and the aesthetics of emotion / E. Deirdre Pribam -- Expressionist aurality: the stylized aesthetic of Bhava in Indiana melodrama / Ira Bhaskar -- The sorrow and the piety : melodrama rethought in postwar Italian cinema / Louis Bayman -- Costumes as melodrama : Super fly, male costume and the larger-than-life / Drake Stutesman -- Melodrama and apocalypse : politics and the melodramatic mode in Contagion / Despina Kakoudaki -- Even more tears : the historical time theory of melodrama / Jane M. Gaines.
Summary "Melodrama is one of the most important and most misunderstood categories in film studies. Challenging what have become conventional readings and attitudes toward melodrama, the contributors to this collection articulate new ways of thinking about melodrama that underscore its pervasiveness in global film culture, and its distinct ability to depict our understanding of the world. Melodrama Unbound includes essays by leading film scholars and historians to provide new approaches to melodrama that challenge some of the most persistent assumptions about the genre: that it is a Western form aimed at women and characterized by overwrought emotions. Thus, the essays examine how melodrama has traveled to and been transformed in new places such as India, China, Japan, and South America; the melodramatic aspects of action genres that appeal to both male and female audiences; how melodrama mixes with other genres such as romance, comedy, and even realism; how melodrama speaks to the realities of everyday life and dramatizes and expresses vital experiences for audiences; and the genre's relationship to history and modernity. Divided into two sections - "Melodrama's Transnational Histories" and "Aesthetics and Politics: Debates in Melodrama Theory" - the book will be a strong mix of film history and theory"-- Provided by publisher.
Other author Gledhill, Christine, editor.
Williams, Linda, 1946- editor.
Columbia University, host institution.
New York University, host institution.
Subject Melodrama in motion pictures -- Congresses.
Film criticism -- Comparative method -- Congresses.
Melodrama on television -- Congresses.
Melodrama -- History and criticism -- Congresses.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Standard Number 99976767354
ISBN 9780231180665 (cloth ;) (alk. paper)
0231180667 (cloth ;) (alk. paper)
9780231180672 (paperback)
0231180675 (paperback)
9780231543194 (electronic)