Cover

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Title Page

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xvi

...When it comes to made-for-TV movies, people seem to fall into two distinct categories: those who love them and those who hate them. The latter category is far more vocal and therefore more visible. It is almost de rigueur...

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Introduction

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pp. xvii-xliv

...This is a book about an important public sphere within which social meanings and myths are constructed and circulated: television. It interrogates the role and workings of one particular fictional genre, the made-for-TV...

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Chapter 1 The American Dream Machine: Movies for Large and Small Screens

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pp. 1-31

...Before looking analytically at the various manifestations of the TV movie genre that is our subject, it is necessary to look at the history and institutional structure out of which it was born and through which it gradually...

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Chapter 2 Genre, Narrative, and the Public Sphere

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pp. 32-63

...United States. There has always been a promise of Utopia and a failure to deliver the goods. Our collective myths and dreams—now most prominently evident in pop culture— reflect that desire and provide moments of what...

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Chapter 3 Feminist Theory and the TV Movie: What the Genre Does Best

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pp. 64-87

...make viewers and critics of dramatic narrative take the movie of the week seriously—that is the project of this book. I have been arguing against the grain of just about everyone who has bothered to comment publicly on the form...

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Chapter 4 TV Movies As Women's Genre

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pp. 88-117

...obvious, I believe the best of the form is more often than not found in movies that treat women's issues from the subject position of the female viewer, for reasons that grow out of the structure and dynamic of the industry itself. In this, I...

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Chapter 5 TV Movies As History: Class, Race, and the Past

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pp. 118-146

...other matters that come up again and again in the genre and that need to be addressed. In particular, T movies—mostly in the form of miniseries—have become, in sometimes alarming ways, the predominant discourse through which...

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Afterword

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pp. 147-150

...developed as a form, we then spent a great deal of time analyzing various subgenres. But of course, the social world that TV movies seek to represent, and the industrial one in which they are produced, are always changing. I have argued...

Bibliography

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pp. 151-156

Index

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pp. 157-163