By Katie Kapurch
This e-book examines melodramatic impulses in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, in addition to the sequence' movie variations and fan-authored texts. cognizance to conventions reminiscent of crying, victimization, and chuffed endings within the context of the Twilight-Jane Eyre dating unearths melodrama as an empowering mode of communique for ladies. even if melodrama has saturated pop culture because the 19th century, its expression in texts for, approximately, and by way of women has been remarkably less than theorized. via defining melodrama, besides the fact that, via its Victorian lineages, Katie Kapurch acknowledges melodrama's aesthetic shape and rhetorical functionality in modern woman tradition whereas additionally demonstrating its legacy because the 19th century. expert via feminist theories of literature and picture, Kapurch indicates how melodrama is invaluable of significant attention because the mode reviews restricting social buildings of postfeminist girlhood and, whilst, complements intimacy among girls—both characters and readers.
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Extra resources for Victorian Melodrama in the Twenty-First Century: Jane Eyre, Twilight, and the Mode of Excess in Popular Girl Culture
This public performance—set to music—reveals Baby’s sexual awakening to the whole town, a moment reminiscent of a theatrical stage spectacle. The musical and melodramatic expression of forbidden romance is even more obvious in girl-groups popular at the beginning of the 1960s, a decade that witnessed the rise of rock ‘n’ roll and youth culture at large. 26 VICTORIAN MELODRAMA IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY Prior to the 1960s, however, the expression of sexuality and romance from what seemed like “authentic” girl voices was lacking in an age of highly censored media.
20 Steven Spielberg’s oeuvre offers a representative example: in 1988, he even told an audience at the American Film Institute, “I don’t think that I have ever not made a melodrama” (Friedman and Wood). , (1982), Jurassic Park is the story of a family’s reunification, one of melodrama’s favorite outcomes. Melodrama consistently celebrates rigid delineations of good and evil, an expression of moral legibility that continues to appeal strongly in moments of rapid social, economic, and political change.
This mistake was not her first (she previously got her best friend Diana drunk) and is not INTRODUCTION: MELODRAMA, POWER, AND GIRL CULTURE 25 her last (she reenacts a Tennyson poem and nearly drowns). ” The reassuring sentiment signals melodrama’s promise: a hopeful resolution in spite of tear-stained loss. Anne Shirley’s contemporary counterpart might be Georgia Nicholson, the protagonist of Louise Rennison’s popular YA series beginning with Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging (1999), later adapted into a 2008 film.
Victorian Melodrama in the Twenty-First Century: Jane Eyre, Twilight, and the Mode of Excess in Popular Girl Culture by Katie Kapurch