Melodrama After the Tears

New Perspectives on the Politics of Victimhood

Edited by Scott Loren and Jörg Metelmann

Melodrama After the Tears

Edited by Scott Loren and Jörg Metelmann

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

360 pages | 22 color plates, 1 line drawing | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $124.00 ISBN: 9789089646736 Published March 2016 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
In this age of public confession and reality television, melodrama has become a pervasive cultural mode. This volume covers a wide range of melodramatic expression in contemporary life, from the public staging of personal suffering to the emotionalization and sentimentalization of national politics, in order to address a key question: if melodramatic models have become so culturally pervasive, what is the political potential of melodramatic victimhood—and what are its political limitations?
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