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Description - Melodrama - Genre, Style and Sensibility by John Mercer

Melodrama: Genre, Style and Sensibility is designed as an accessible overview of the, often complex, debates that emerge out of the connections between melodrama and cinema. The book identifies three distinct but connected concepts through which it is possible to make sense of melodrama; either as a genre, originating in European theatre of the 18th and 19th century, as a specific cinematic style, epitomised by the work of Douglas Sirk or as a sensibility that emerges in the context of specific texts, speaking to and reflecting the desires, concerns and anxieties of audiences. Each chapter includes overviews of key essays, analyses of significant and widely studied films and includes an annotated reading list.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781904764021
ISBN-10: 1904764029
Format: Paperback
(199mm x 154mm x 9mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Wallflower Press
Publisher: Wallflower Press
Publish Date: 15-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Mercer

John Mercer is a lecturer in Film and Media Studies and Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College. Martin Shingler is the co-author of On Air: Methods and Meanings in Radio (Arnold) with Cindy Wieringa. He has contibuted to Screen Acting (Routledge) and Hollywood Spectatorship (BFI).

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