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Soap Operas -- Criticism

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is soap opera watching.


Six Superlative Sources

· Allen, Robert C. Speaking of Soap Operas. (University of North Carolina Press, 1985).

· Harrington, C. Lee, and Denise D. Bielby. Soap Fans: Pursuing Pleasure and Making Meaning in Everyday Life. (Temple University Press, 1995).

· Hayward, Jennifer. Consuming Pleasures: Active Audiences and Serial Fictions from Dickens to Soap Operas. (University Press of Kentucky, 1997).

· Modleski, Tania. Loving with a Vengeance: Mass Produced Fantasies for Women. (Archon Books, 1982).

· Mumford, Laura Stempel. Love and Ideology in the Afternoon: Soap Opera, Women, and Television Genre. (Indiana University Press, 1995).

· Spence, Louise. Watching Daytime Soap Operas: The Power of Pleasure. (Wesleyan University Press, 2005).

Other Excellent Sources

· Allen, Robert C., ed. To Be Continued: Soap Operas around the World. (Routledge, 1995).

· Brown, Mary Ellen. Soap Opera and Women's Talk: The Pleasures of Resistance. (Sage, 1994).

· Lopate, Carole. "Daytime Television: You'll Never Want to Leave Home," Radical America. Vol. 11, No. 1 (January-February 1977).

· Nochimson, Martha. No End to Her: Soap Opera and the Female Subject. (University of California Press, 1993).

· Porter, Dennis. "Soap Time: Thoughts on a Commodity Art Form," College English. Vol. 38, No. 8 (April 1977).

· Rapping, Elayne. "Daytime Utopias: If You Lived in Pine Valley, You'd Be Home," in Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture. Henry Jenkins, Tara McPherson, and Jane Shattuc, eds. (Duke University Press, 2002).

· Seiter, Ellen. "'To Teach and To Sell': Irna Phillips and Her Sponsors, 1930-1954," Journal of Film And Video. Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 1989).

· Seiter, Ellen, Hans Borchers, Gabriele Kreutzner, and Eva-Maria Warth, eds. Remote Control: Television, Audiences and Cultural Power. (Routledge, 1989).

· Simon, Ron, and Ellen O'Neill, eds. Worlds without End: The Art and History of the Soap Opera. (Abrams, in conjunction with the Museum of Television and Radio, 1997).

· Spigel, Lynn. "Detours in the Search for Tomorrow: Tania Modleski's Loving with a Vengeance: Mass Produced Fantasies for Women," Camera Obscura. Vol. 5, Nos. 13-14 (Spring-Summer 1985).

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