Enduring Values: Women in Popular Culture

Enduring Values: Women in Popular Culture

Enduring Values: Women in Popular Culture

Enduring Values: Women in Popular Culture

Synopsis

Enduring Values offers a critical examination of 20th century treatments of women in several mass media areas including music, film, and television. This volume is unique in its wide coverage of various media forms and of the corresponding images of women within the respective areas. from the Preface

Excerpt

This book is a detailed discussion of twentieth century popular cultural treatments of women (with one foray into an analysis of nineteenth century women writers). It is largely devoted to U.S. women performers in popular music, movies, and television, the mass media I consider the most important in shaping values and images of women. This book looks at both women practitioners and performers in the respective fields studied as well as the dominant images conveyed by their portrayals. The enormously popular women stars often confirmed majority attitudes about women. On the other hand, some successful entertainers such as Eva Tanguay at the beginning of the century and Bette Midler near the end of the century projected unusual images of women; they were the rebels, the outsiders, who flaunted society's views on women to the love of their audiences.

Another major concern of Enduring Values is how deeply held cultural values that shaped our views of women are reflected in popular culture. It is suggestive in its interpretation and offers readers both information on forgotten stars and ideas about popular culture that have application to contemporary life. It is both a historical look at the twentieth century, though a very selective one, and a current analysis of women's images and women performers. It offers a framework within which readers can view television programs, listen to the lyrics of popular songs, or watch a movie.

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