The Talking Cure examines four nationally syndicated television
talk shows--Donahue, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Geraldo and Sally
Jessy Raphael--which are primarily devoted to feminine culture and
issues. Serving as one of the few public forums where working-class
women and those with different sexual orientations have a voice,
these talk shows represent American TV at its most radical. Shattuc
examines the tension between talk's feminist politics and the
television industry, who, in their need to appeal to women, trades
on sensation, stereotypes and fears in order to engender product
consumption. However, this genre is not a one-way form of social
interaction. The female audience complies and resists in a complex
give-and-take, and it is this relationship which The Talking Cure
aims to understand and reveal.
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Jane M. Shattuc
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