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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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... in the footsteps of the royals and the politicians, come the academics. In Watching ‘Dallas’, Ien Ang, a lecturer in the department of political science at Amsterdam University, attempts to discover why Dallas is so popular and enjoyable. Her study, subtitled ‘Soap Opera and the Melodramatic Imagination’ (and littered with chapter headings like ...

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