The Lives of Heterosexuals: Three Hollywood Musicals

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    2019-2020
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    2020 Spring
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    Through images and text, this paper discusses three Hollywood book musicals: On Moonlight Bay from 1952, Cover Girl from 1944 and State Fair from 1945. Through ekphrasis, analyses, and a range of sources, I discuss how each of these films deals with some formulation and relationship to the heterosexual family unit and the process of forming romantic partnerships. The way in which the different films relate to these structures for social organization can be understood in terms of a tension between instincts encouraging isolation and solidarity with a wider community. These instincts are shown in these films through mechanisms specific to both the technology of film as well as the specific qualities of the musical genre.

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    Degree committee member (dgc): person:Kapsalis, Terri
    Degree committee member (dgc): person:Grigely, Joseph, 1956-
    Degree committee member (dgc): person:Weiseth, Ane
    Degree committee member (dgc): person:Giritlian, Katie
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    hollywood
    musical
    film
    solidarity
    romance
    heterosexuality
    freedom
    postwar
    americana
    vaudeville
    love
    nuclear family
    family
    performance
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