The Melodramatic Public

  title={The Melodramatic Public},
  author={Ravi S. Vasudevan},
It has now been a long while since the conventional, pejorative connotations of melodrama have been unsettled. In popular critical parlance the word is still used to dismiss films for contrivance, a reduction of the universe into simplistic moral bipolarity, and excessiveness of speech, gesture, and setting. Much of this is retailed from a viewpoint that places value on the plausible, the realist, and the psychological in storytelling. In European and American theatrical and film studies the… Expand
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