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Of Soap Operas, Space Operas, and Television’s Rocky Romance with the Feminine Form

Of Soap Operas, Space Operas, and Television’s Rocky Romance with the Feminine Form

Chapter:
(p.106) Of Soap Operas, Space Operas, and Television’s Rocky Romance with the Feminine Form
Source:
The Survival of Soap Opera
Author(s):
Christine Scodari
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604737165.003.0015

This chapter examines how the gendered narrative elements of soaps have been absorbed into, handled cautiously in, or cast out of primetime genres such as science fiction “space operas” and reworked in light of the challenges daytime dramas currently face. It explores how soaps have adapted by peppering their narratives with primetime conventions, and argues that the commercial imperatives and gender biases of television conspire to circumscribe the feminine form and, along with it, the genre that started it all.

Keywords:   soap operas, daytime television, primetime television, feminine narrative, gender bias

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