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Talkies, Road Movies and Chick FlicksGender, Genre and Film Sound in American Cinema$
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Heidi Wilkins

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474406895

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474406895.001.0001

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Girl Talk: The Postmodern Female Voice in Chick Flicks

Girl Talk: The Postmodern Female Voice in Chick Flicks

(p.149) Chapter 6 Girl Talk: The Postmodern Female Voice in Chick Flicks
Talkies, Road Movies and Chick Flicks

Heidi Wilkins

Edinburgh University Press

In this final chapter, I revisit my discussion of the female voice in mainstream cinema to explore the aural representation of women in contemporary chick flicks. In examining this category of films, it is clear they have some evolutionary links with the screwball comedy genre discussed in Chapter 1. This is evident in the female characters we encounter in modern chick flicks who, like their screwball predecessors, are often strong, confident and quick-witted, engaging in verbal battles to achieve their ‘happily ever after’ either with their lead male character or with fellow female characters, or sometimes with both.

Keywords:   Film, Hollywood, Gender, Representation of Gender, Female Voice, Female Characters, Screwball, Chick Flicks, Genre

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