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American Postfeminist CinemaWomen, Romance and Contemporary Culture$
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Michele Schreiber

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748693368

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693368.001.0001

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. Past Vs. Present

. Past Vs. Present

Temporality in the Postfeminist Cycle

(p.83) 3. Past Vs. Present
American Postfeminist Cinema

Michele Schreiber

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter Four addresses how the postfeminist romance cycle poses questions about the role of temporality and historicity in our understanding of what constitutes true andgenuine romance. This chapter’s case studies are grouped according to the mode through which they explore these questions: TheTime Travel as Matchmaker Narrative in Somewhere in Time (Szwarc, 1980) and Kate and Leopold (Mangold, 2001), The ‘What-if?’ Narrative in Me Myself I (Karmel, 1999) and The Family Man (Ratner, 2000), and The Nostalgia Narrative in an episode from Sex and the City (1998-2004) entitled “Ex and the City” and the film Sleepless in Seattle (Ephron, 1993). The case studies reveal the political implications of the temporal uncertainty of postfeminism itself and how the anxieties surrounding gender dynamics in the present moment prompt reflection on the past.

Keywords:   film, romance, temporality, time travel, forking paths, nostalgia

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