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Forever Krystle

Nicholas Shakespeare

20 February 1986
Watching ‘Dallas’: Soap Opera and the Melodramatic Imagination 
by Ien Ang, translated by Della Couling.
Methuen, 148 pp., £10.50, November 1985, 0 416 41630 6
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... I find it’s amusing because it’s so ghastly.’ The author never satisfactorily answers her own question: ‘how can the fact that so many women like Dallas be made politically useful?’ Nor, in DellaCouling’s translation, does she make it particularly easy for the reader to follow her attempts to do so. Take this remark about Sue Ellen: ‘Her alcoholic inclination was used as a visual ...

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