American Film Melodrama (ENG-730)

  • How did film melodrama emerge as a cinema of action, spectacle, and sensation, with origins in late-19th and early-20th century European theater?

  • How do the small-town domestic settings and women's stories of Classical Hollywood organize the emotional and ideological effects of melodrama?

  • What are the conventions of melodrama as a film genre, and how has it persisted as a narrative and affective mode of popular U.S. cinema?