research product . 2004

The Myth of the American Identity in American Melodrama

Basuki, R. (Ribut);
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2004
  • Publisher: Petra Christian University
  • Country: Indonesia
Melodrama reflects and constructs ideology. In American melodrama, the dominant social group imposed its ideology by constructing the standard American identity and its opposite through the heroes and villains. In the four plays discussed, the standard is pictured through the heroes in terms of their ability to get financial success, their acceptance of the Protestant moral codes, and their being white. Thus, in the world of melodrama people of color as well as financially deprived people are marginalized.
free text keywords: Indonesia, identity, hero, melodrama, history, ideology, cultural poetics, hegemony, villains
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