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Author: Charlotte Christina Fink
Publisher: Frankfurt am Main : Lang, 2012.
Series: Europäische Hochschulschriften., Reihe XIV,, Angelsächsische Sprache und Literatur ;, v. 496.
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This study entails a qualitative cultural film analysis of single women characters in six contemporary US-American movies released between 1999 and 2008. On the one hand, the focal point is the assessment of character portrayals and their embedding into their everyday lives. On the other, it focuses on the correlation between age, gender, and marital status. Results show that an acknowledgement of different kinds of  Read more...
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Fink, Charlotte Christina.
Spinsters reloaded.
Frankfurt am Main : Lang, 2012
(OCoLC)801441129
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Charlotte Christina Fink
ISBN: 9783653017021 3653017025
OCLC Number: 816406625
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Preface and Acknowledgments; Table of Contents; Introduction; Part I; 1. What it means to be older: In search of a definition; 1.1. Socio-Historical and Cultural Aspects of Age and Aging; 1.2. Women and Concepts of Age and Aging; 1.3. Spinsters Reloaded --
Single Older Women in American Culture; 2. Gender and Age Portrayals in AmericanCulture; 2.1. Portrayals of Older Persons and Age; 2.2. Gender Portrayals and the Older Woman; 3. Why Film? The Study of Film and (American) Cultural Studies; Part II; 4. Methodology and Qualitative Cultural Analysis; 5. Film Descriptions and Plot Synopses. 6. Film Analysis: Roles and Themes6.1. Family and Friends. Single Older Women as ; 6.1.1. Sisters (in Law); 6.1.2. Mothers; 6.1.3. Daughters; 6.1.4. Aunts; 6.1.5. Girlfriends; 6.2. Romance, Sexuality, and Attractiveness of Single Older Women; 6.2.1. On Intellectual, Emotional, & Physical Attractiveness; 6.2.2. Romance and Sexuality of the Single Older Woman; 6.3. The Older Woman in Mid-Life; Part III; 7. Discussion; 7.1. Intergenerational Harmony and Affirmation of the Female; 7.2. Single Women's Attractiveness and Sexuality meet Age; 7.3. Single Older Women in Mid-Life. 8. Popular Culture's Counter World ofSingle Women and Aging9. Conclusion: Spinsters Reloaded and Relaunched; 10. Abstract; 11. Works Cited; 12. Films Cited; Unbenannt.
Series Title: Europäische Hochschulschriften., Reihe XIV,, Angelsächsische Sprache und Literatur ;, v. 496.
Responsibility: Charlotte Christina Fink.

Abstract:

This study entails a qualitative cultural film analysis of single women characters in six contemporary US-American movies released between 1999 and 2008. On the one hand, the focal point is the assessment of character portrayals and their embedding into their everyday lives. On the other, it focuses on the correlation between age, gender, and marital status. Results show that an acknowledgement of different kinds of single older women seems prevalent, yet also reveal a dominance of hetero-normativity. It is concluded that Hollywood offers a so called counter world of single women and aging, pa.

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