Open Access Presidential Scholars Thesis
Television soap operas--Public opinion; Women television viewers--Attitudes;
The purpose of this paper is to explain why women find contemporary television soap operas so enjoyable to consume. The primary methodology that is utilized to accomplish this purpose is a structural analysis of the eleven characteristics of soap opera proposed by communication cultural analyst Mary Ellen Brown (1994). To support this analysis, examples are taken from a currently airing television soap opera, "All My Children," which can be seen daily at noon on ABC. Implications for further study of the soap opera genre are then discussed. First, however, a brief history of soap opera and several of its contemporary definitions are offered.
Date of Award
Department of Psychology
Presidential Scholar Designation
A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation Presidential Scholar
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©1996 Catherine Drain
Drain, Catherine M., "Soap talk: The appeal of soap opera to contemporary female audiences" (1996). Presidential Scholars Theses (1990 – 2006). 51.