Melodrama, Self and Nation in Post-War British Popular Film: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Melodrama, Self and Nation in Post-War British Popular Film

1st Edition

By Johanna Laitila


196 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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This book investigates the portrayal of nationalities and sexualities in British post-Second World War crime film and melodrama. By focussing on these genres, and looking at the concept of melodrama as an analytical tool apt for the analysis of both sexuality and nation, the book offers insight into the desires, fears, and anxieties of post-war culture. The problem of returning to ‘normalcy’ after the war is one of the recurring themes discussed; alienation from society, family, and the self were central issues for both women and men in the post-war years, and the book examines the anxieties surrounding these social changes in the films of the period. In particular, it explores heterosexuality and nationality as some of the most prominent frameworks for the construction of identities in our time, structures that, for all their centrality, are made invisible in our culture.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction.

II. Amnesia and Awakening in Four Melodramas

III. Post-war Imaginings of Time and Space

IV. Subjects, Signors, and Signoras: Naming and Interpellation

V. Conclusions

About the Author

Johanna Laitila received her PhD at the University of St Andrews School of English, and she has taught Film, Media, and Popular Culture at the University of Dundee.

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Routledge Advances in Film Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies