Soap Operas and Women, 1950s-1980s
This talk explores the history of the American daytime television soap opera as a form of programming associated with women’s lives, focusing on the transition of soap opera from radio to television and its rise in popularity and profitability. In particular, we examine the role of women as creators and audience members, as well as the subjects of on-screen stories, many of which grappled with gender roles across an era of great social change.
Elana Levine is professor of media, cinema, and digital studies in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the author of “Her Stories: Daytime Soap Opera and US Television History”, co-author of “Legitimating Television: Media Convergence ... read more