A Woman's World: The Genre of the Soap Opera Analytical Essay by tgirl

A Woman's World: The Genre of the Soap Opera
Investigates if the realm of American soap operas can be a source of empowerment for woman.
# 147268 | 2,515 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2001 | US
Published on Mar 07, 2011 in Communication (Television) , Film (Television) , Women Studies (Women and Society)

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This paper looks at why the modern genre of soap operas, which were traditionally looked upon as "trash" or a form of escape for the oppressed housewife, is still so popular with the very same women that it is said to demean and trivialize. Next, the author reviews the history of soap operas, its attributes of time, space, characterization and plot and the actual world of modern women. The paper concludes that, by reflecting the culture of women of today, within and outside of a domestic setting, modern soap operas empower women by validating their life choices, which explains this genre's continued popularity. The paper includes footnotes.

Table of Contents:
Part One: From Radio to Television
Part Two: What Makes a Soap Opera?
Part Three: A Woman's World

From the Paper:

"The late sixties ushered in the fourth stage. With the genesis of the radical sixties' social movements came the emphasis on social issues. As explained before, soap operas had already established a history in bringing social ills to the forefront. Now the television format enabled audiences to actually see how others grappled with them. The daily narrative structure allowed story lines that centered on issues like interracial romances to be followed over a period of months. Also, because soap operas contained characters of different races, classes, ages, and genders, social issues were, and still are, explored from various perspectives in all of their complexities."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brown, Mary Ellen. Soap Opera and Women's Talk The Pleasure of Resistance. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 1994.
  • Geraghty, Christine. Women and Soap Opera A Study of Prime Time Soaps. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1992.
  • Grossberg, Lawrence and Ellen Wartella and D. Charles Whitney. MediaMaking. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 1998.
  • Riegel, Henriette. "Soap Operas and Gossip." Journal of Popular Culture. Spring 1996: 201-209.
  • Williams, Carol Taylor. It's Time For My Story. Westport: 1992.

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