The Resource Contesting tears : the Hollywood melodrama of the unknown woman, Stanley Cavell

Contesting tears : the Hollywood melodrama of the unknown woman, Stanley Cavell

Label
Contesting tears : the Hollywood melodrama of the unknown woman
Title
Contesting tears
Title remainder
the Hollywood melodrama of the unknown woman
Statement of responsibility
Stanley Cavell
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • What is marriage? Can a relationship dedicated to equality, friendship, and mutual education flower in an atmosphere of romance? What are the paths between loving another and knowing another? Stanley Cavell identified a genre of classic American films that engaged these questions in his study of comedies of remarriage, Pursuits of Happiness. With Contesting Tears, Cavell demonstrates that a contrasting genre, which he calls "the melodrama of the unknown woman," shares a surprising number and weave of concerns with those comedies
  • Cavell provides close readings of four melodramas he finds definitive of the genre: Letter from an Unknown Woman; Gaslight; Now, Voyager; and Stella Dallas. The women in these melodramas, like the women in the comedies, demand equality, shared education, and transfiguration, exemplifying for Cavell a moral perfectionism he identifies as Emersonian. But unlike the comedies, which portray a quest for a shared existence of expressiveness and joy, the melodramas trace instead the woman's recognition that in this quest she is isolated. Part of the melodrama concerns the various ways the men in the films (and the audiences of the films) interpret and desire to force the woman's consequent inaccessibility
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1926-2018
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cavell, Stanley
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1995.9.W6
LC item number
C38 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • filmographies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Motion pictures for women
  • Women in motion pictures
  • Melodrama in motion pictures
  • Marriage in motion pictures
  • Films de femme
  • Femmes au cinéma
  • Mélodrame au cinéma
  • Mariage au cinéma
  • Mélodrame
  • Femmes
  • Mariage
  • Cinéma
  • Hochzeit <Motiv>
  • Melodrama <Film>
  • Frau <Motiv>
  • Marriage in motion pictures
  • Melodrama in motion pictures
  • Motion pictures for women
  • Women in motion pictures
  • USA
Label
Contesting tears : the Hollywood melodrama of the unknown woman, Stanley Cavell
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Filmography: p. 241-242
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-239) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Naughty orators: negation of voice in Gaslight -- Psychoanalysis and cinema: moments of Letter from an unknown woman -- Ugly duckling, funny butterfly: Bette Davis and Now, voyager -- Postscript: to whom it may concern -- Stella's taste: reading Stella Dallas
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 255 pages
Isbn
9780226098142
Lccn
96023834
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34912650
  • (OCoLC)ocm34912650
Label
Contesting tears : the Hollywood melodrama of the unknown woman, Stanley Cavell
Publication
Note
Filmography: p. 241-242
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-239) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Naughty orators: negation of voice in Gaslight -- Psychoanalysis and cinema: moments of Letter from an unknown woman -- Ugly duckling, funny butterfly: Bette Davis and Now, voyager -- Postscript: to whom it may concern -- Stella's taste: reading Stella Dallas
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 255 pages
Isbn
9780226098142
Lccn
96023834
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34912650
  • (OCoLC)ocm34912650

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