Abstract

This article explores the form and function of the Bridget stereotype in pre-classical American cinema. It argues that the character of the unruly Irish maid—a grotesque inversion of nineteenth-century domestic and feminine norms—was a cipher for underlying tensions at the heart of the new urban middle-class family.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2578-4919
Print ISSN
2578-4900
Pages
pp. 1-20
Launched on MUSE
2011-03-10
Open Access
No
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