Romantic Comedies 101


Rom coms were invented thanks to Hollywood censorship. In this introduction to a five-episode series exploring the vintage screwballs to the modern screwups, Cristen and Caroline spotlight the hallmarks, hijinks and heteronormativity of the romantic comedy movie genre.

Episode Sources:

"Flick chicks" http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/10/03/flick-chicks

"A brief history of romantic comedies" http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/273192/a-brief-history-of-romantic-comedies/

"Sex and sexier: The Hays Code wasn't all bad" http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/05/02/what-the-hays-code-did-for-women

"Shakespeare crafted the genre of the romantic comedy" http://www.hypable.com/shakespeare-crafted-the-genre-of-the-romantic-comedy/

"Matthew McConaughey defends the romantic comedy genre" http://variety.com/2014/film/spotlight/matthew-mcconaughey-defends-the-romantic-comedy-genre-1201334859/

Academic Insights:

"The Hollywood Romantic Comedy: Conventions, History and Controversies." Leger Grindon. Wiley-Blackwell. 2011. https://books.google.com/books?id=okkZPTEnYqMC&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre." Tamar Jeffers McDonald. Wallflower Press. 2007. https://books.google.com/books?id=9Bk-mkvdPYcC&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"Film Genre for the Screenwriter." Julie Selbo. Routledge. 2014. https://books.google.com/books?id=eSEWBAAAQBAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s