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 The Politics of Melodrama: Nostalgia, Performance, and Gender Roles in Revolutionary Road 

Submitted by Adam Pekar on Mon, 10/09/2017 - 13:00

This article will examine the 2008 film Revolutionary Road as an example of a critical representation of the fifties in contemporary popular culture. Unlike many previous texts, the film distances itself from a more typically nostalgic portrayal and instead complicates gender ideology through the mode of melodrama, the centrality of performances, and an interest in bodies and mental instability. By looking at how the gender politics of the film are informed by its self-awareness as melodrama, I argue that its take on fifties gender ideology is nonetheless at times complicated by its attempt to stay faithful to the portrayal of the past from a 1950s perspective.

"The Politics of Melodrama: Nostalgia, Performance, and Gender Roles in Revolutionary Road" Poetics of Politics: Textuality and Social Relevance in Contemporary American Literature and Culture. Ed. Sebastian M. Herrmann et al. Heidelberg: Winter, 2015. 63-80. Print.

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