Romantic Comedy's Working Girls


Women's careers have been central romantic comedy conflicts since the 1940s. In this second installment of their rom com series, Cristen and Caroline unpack the genre trope of independent working girls who sacrifice love for professional success.

Episode Sources:

"The eight career options for romantic-comedy heroines" http://www.vulture.com/2011/01/rom_com_careers/slideshow/

"Flick chicks: A guide to women in the movies" http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/10/03/flick-chicks

"Where have all the good women gone?" http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/feb/21/romantic-comedy-good-women

"How romantic comedies are failing women (and how to fix it)" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/14/romantic-comedies-failing-women_n_7026302.html

"Six annoying women character tropes in black romantic comedies" https://bitchmedia.org/post/six-annoying-women-character-tropes-in-black-romantic-comedies

"Front Page Woman (1935)" http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article.html?isPreview=&id=614571%7C626373&name=Front-Page-Woman

Academic Insights:

"The Hollywood Romantic Comedy: Conventions, History and Controversies." Leger Grindon. Wiley-Blackwell. 2011. https://books.google.com/books?id=okkZPTEnYqMC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

"Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre." Tamar Jeffers McDonald. Wallflower. 2007. https://books.google.com/books?id=9Bk-mkvdPYcC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

"Examples of the Motif of the Shrew in European Literature and Film." Louise O. Vasvari. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture. Vol. 4, Iss. 1. March 2002. http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1142&context=clcweb

"American Postfeminist Cinema: Women, Romance and Contemporary Culture." Michele Schreiber. Edinburgh University Press. March 2014. http://www.amazon.com/American-Postfeminist-Cinema-Contemporary-Traditions/dp/074869336X

"Hollywood Romantic Comedy: States of the Union, 1934-65." Kathrina Glitre. Manchester University Press. July 2013. https://books.google.com/books?id=Hb5rBgAAQBAJ&dq=career+woman+romantic+comedy&source=gbs_navlinks_s

Topics in this Podcast: pop culture, love, women in the workplace, relationships, gender, Film, stereotypes, women in hollywood, rom coms