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Gossip, Women, Film, and Chick Flicks

Gossip, Women, Film, and Chick Flicks

by Sarah-Mai Dang

Hardcover(1st ed. 2017)

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This book addresses the relationship between gossip, women, and film with regards to the genre of chick flicks. Presenting two case studies on the films Easy A (Will Gluck 2010) and Emma (Douglas McGrath 1996), Dang demonstrates that hearsay plays a defining role in the staging of these films and thus in the film experience. While the lack of women’s voices in the general public sphere remains an issue, the female voice is very present in the contemporary woman’s film. In its analysis of gossip, this book focuses on a form of communication that has traditionally been assigned to women and is consequently disregarded. Dang provides a theoretical framework for the understanding of speech acts in the popular, yet undertheorized, genre of chick flicks.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137560179
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 11/23/2016
Edition description: 1st ed. 2017
Pages: 75
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dr Sarah-Mai Dang is a Research Assistant at the Department of Media Studies at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Previously, she worked at the Collaborative Research Center “Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits” (SFB 626) and at the Department for Film Studies, both at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Gossip as an Organizing Principle of Social Order and Perception
3. Easy A – “A is for Awesome”
3.1. The Invisible Omnipresence of Gossip
3.2. Collective Interaction
3.3. Fabulous Subjectivity
3.4. Speech Acts and The Feeling of Belonging
3.5. Images of Gossip
4. Emma – “A match well made, a job well done.”
4.1. The staging of Free Indirect Discourse
4.2. Emma as a Filmic Figuration of a Community
4.3. Talking, Rambling, Silence
4.4. The Dance as a Filmic Mode of Social Order
4.5. The Dramaturgy of Participating Observation
4.6. Normalizing Ubiquity
5. A Matter of Perspective
6. Bibliography
7. Index

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