Sunday, September 14, 2014


In the first chapter of Williams' book, she warns readers that American melodramatic culture should not be confused with French melodramatic culture, yet she does not go into great detail discussing the  difference. She explains that America "had a much less established tradition of high art and letters than Europe." (pp. 20) In what ways does this quote reveal the differences between American and French melodrama and, in a broader sense, highlight both the notable and underlying differences between the two.

Mickey's Mellerdrammer reveals some of the more humorous and relevant aspects of early 20th century melodrama. In what way does the “villain” in Mickey’s Mellerdrammer, most aptly representing Simon Ligree from Stowe's novel, represent classic, cliched American early 20th century melodrama?

In the first chapter of Playing the Race Card, Williams defines melodramas as anything where "emotional and moral registers are sounded, if a work invites us to feel sympathy for the virtues of beset victims, if the narrative trajectory is ultimately concerned with a retrieval and staging of virtue through adversity and suffering." (pp. 15) In your opinion, can a piece of literature or film be melodramatic despite having none of these three characteristics? And on the contrary, can a piece of work have these three characteristics without being viewed as a melodrama?

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