Agnes Eckhardt Nixon Anthony Astrachan - Essay

Anthony Astrachan

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

The contrast between [the realism of "One Life to Live" and the classical canon of daytime television drama embodied in "As the World Turns"] shows that what James Thurber once called "Soapland," like American society as a whole, is torn between the need to keep up with changing realities and the desire to stick to tried-and-true formulas that have never expressed reality—to tell it like it isn't. The search for relevance has led daytime drama to deal with social issues like drugs, venereal disease and the Vietnam war, to take feminist positions on questions like abortion and women working, and to bring blacks and ethnics into the WASP population of Soapland….

Change and constancy, realism and...

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