As you likely know, The Hours is Hayes's interpretation of Fassbinder's Ali:
Fear Eats the Soul, who interprets Sirk's All that Heaven Allows. Regarding the
interplay of aesthetics, melodrama, kitsch and gender, try the following:
Lucy Fisher's essay in Play It Again Sam: Retakes on Remakes, Horton, ed.
Douglas Kellner's essay in Triangulated Visions, O'Sickey, ed.
Robert Reimer's essay in Literature/Film Quarterly 24.3 (1996).
Judith Butler's essay in Genders 9 (1990, Fall).
Barbara Mennel's essay in One Hundred Years of Masochism, Finke, ed.
Tina Harris's essay in Women's Studies in Communication 23.1 (2000).
Mary Beth Haralovich's essay in Close Viewings, Lehman, ed.
Barbara Klinger's classic Melodrama and Meaning. Look at the biblio.
This should be a good start.
Dr Andrew Lesk
Department of English
University of Toronto
> >I'm planning to teach an extended unit on films such as The
> >Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio, The Hours, and Far From Heaven. Does
> >anyone have recommendations for articles or books that would be good
> >companions for the study of gender and film in the 1950s (and
> >somewhat specific to these films)?
> >Christina Lane
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