© 1997

Family Fictions

Representations of the Family in 1980s Hollywood Cinema

  • Authors
  • Editors
  • Jo Campling

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Sarah Harwood
      Pages 1-12
  3. Society/Culture/History — Families in the Eighties

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Sarah Harwood
      Pages 15-25
    3. Sarah Harwood
      Pages 26-35
  4. Film Families — Family Films

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 191-265

About this book


Family Fictions explores images and narratives of the family in recent Hollywood cinema. This is the first in-depth analysis of this important topic which explores how problematic representations of the family were in a period when the family was a pivotal political and social issue. Through close textual analysis of the biggest box-office hits of recent years, this book demonstrates the volatility of family representations and the instability of its narrative and ideological functions. Well-known films discussed, include Kramer versus Kramer , E.T. and Look Who's Talking.


cinema family Hollywood

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