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Hollywood Romantic Comedy: States of the Union, 1934-65

Kathrina Glitre

Abstract

Hollywood romantic comedy inevitably ends with the union of a heterosexual couple. But does this union inevitably involve marriage? What part does equality play? Are love and desire identical? This book explores the genre's changing representation of the couple, focusing on marriage, equality and desire in screwball comedy, career woman comedy and sex comedy. The shifting discourses around heterosexuality, gender, romance and love are considered in relation to such socio-historical transformations as the emergence of companionate marriage, war-time gender roles and the impact of post-war consu ... More

Keywords: Hollywood, romantic comedy, heterosexual couple, marriage, equality, desire, screwball comedy, career woman, sex comedy, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780719070785
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719070785.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathrina Glitre, author