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The Talking Cure TV Talk Shows and Women (Paperback)

Author:  Jane M. Shattuc
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0415910889
ISBN-13: 9780415910880
Sku: 30065052
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  272
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Shattuc exmaines four nationally syndicated television talk shows--Donohue, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Geraldo, and Sally Jessy Raphael--which are primarily devoted to feminine culture and issues to explore television's profit motive and the effects on the women who watch.
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Shattuc exmaines four nationally syndicated television talk shows--Donohue, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Geraldo, and Sally Jessy Raphael--which are primarily devoted to feminine culture and issues to explore television's profit motive and the effects on the women who watch.

In The Talking Cure, critic Jane Shattuc takes a hard look at television talk shows, a TV genre that in many ways is for and about women. Tracing the genre from the four top nationally syndicated shows of the 1980s--Donahue, the The Oprah Winfrey Show, Geraldo and Sally Jessy Raphael--to the rise of the Ricki Lake phenonmenon of the 1990s, Jane Shattuc offers a new take on how talk shows and their audiences interact.

Much of talk show culture is grounded, Shattuc argues, in feminist politics, a stand that is not always the aim of the television industry. Analyzing programs as diverse as "Transsexuals: You're Not the Man I Married" and "Serial Killers: The Sunset Murders," she reveals how television as an institution needs to appeal to women, but also wants to channel female desires: the industry resorts to fears, sensations, and stereotypes so that its viewers will want what TV wants them to want. At their worst, these shows are television at its most|exploitative, where socially marginal people are paraded for profit. Yet at their best, these same talk shows provide a rare public forum for working-class women and women of different sexual orientations. In many ways, these talk shows, by popularizing feminist identity politics, represent American TV at its most radical. The Talking Cure looks at how these contradictory impulses work, offering a refreshingly complex view of one of the most controversial faces of popular culture. programming (Oprah garnering 19 million viewers per show). They serve as one of the few public forums where women from the working class and with different sexual orientations have a voice. In many ways, these talk shows represent American TV at its most radical as they popularize feminist identity politics.

Without adopting an overly naive view of the benevolence of corporate captialism, Jane Shattuc examines the tension between talk's feminist politics and the television industry. In|their need to appeal to women and channel the female desires, the television institution trades on sensation, stereotypes and fears in order to engender product consumption. However, this genre is not a simple, one way form of social interaction. The female audience complies and resists in a complex give-and-take, and it is this relationship which The Talking Cure aims to understand and reveal.

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Publishers Weekly
"Nothing is omitted from this exhaustive, much-needed study, the result of numerous interviews and research over a four-year period, involving 240 hours of talk shows, hundreds of questionnaires and exploration of the Museum of Television & Radio archives." 12/16/1996

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0272
Product attributePublisher:   Routledge
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