Dirty Dancing and Popular Culture
This superb collection convinces one of Dirty Dancing's transcendent value as a work that has achieved something more significant than simply a cult following: it has entered the realm of popular reminiscence and rite-of-passage for people (especially women) the world over. For fans who have grown to love the film, this book provides much background and analysis without the dreaded academese that sucks the life out of pleasurable texts; and for those in the academy who wonder if women-centered texts remain doomed to be forever overlooked in favor of more 'obviously' serious, male-dominated event pictures, this volume provides welcome testimony to the vibrancy of film and cultural studies and its ability to take seriously the world of women's entertainment and women's inner lives.--Frances Gateward "Department of Cinema and Television Arts, California State University-Northridge " I had always thought Dirty Dancing one of the most interesting and important films of the 1980s. I had no idea just how interesting or important until I read this collection, a timely reconsideration of a film that, while hardly forgotten, has not previously received its critical or scholarly due.--David R. Shumway "professor of English at Carnegie-Mellon University and author of John Sayles " As the one scholarly look at Dirty Dancing, this very readable collection will attract students or faculty engaged in media studies, the general reader interested in film history, and fans of the film or its subsequent live stage show.--Angela Colmenares"Journal of American Culture" (06/10/2014) Aiming to address this gap in scholarship, Yannis Tzioumakis and Sian Lincoln have assembled 16 original essays examining the status of Dirty Dancing as a musical and a nostalgia text. Perhaps more unexpected, but no less relevant, the volume explores Dirty Dancing as an independent film and transmedia phenomenon. The editors are to be praised for having located essays from key scholars of popular cinema. In addition to Richard Dyer and Jane Feuer, who provide contributions on the Hollywood musical, Tamar Jeffers McDonald - a key theorist of the romantic comedy - discusses the generic hybridity of Dirty Dancing. Additionally, Pamela Church-Gibson explores the film's use of costume, while Hilary Radner examines its gender politics. Contributions from significant scholars of popular cinema, alongside other less well-known researchers, position The Time of Our Lives as the defining volume on Dirty Dancing - the film's academic coming of age.-- (09/02/2013)
Yannis Tzioumakis is lecturer in communication and media at the University of Liverpool, UK. He is the author and editor of five books, most recently Hollywood's Indies: Classics Divisions, Specialty Labels and the American Film Market, and co-editor of the American Indies book series. Sin Lincoln is senior lecturer in media studies at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. She has recently published her first book, Youth Culture and Private Space, and is working on her second, Rethinking Youth Cultures: A Critical Introduction.