[PDF] Download ☆ Heartthrobs: A History of Women and Desire | by ↠ Carol Dyhouse

By Carol Dyhouse | Comments: ( 810 ) | Date: ( Jul 16, 2020 )

What can a cultural history of the heartthrob teach us about women, desire, and social change From dreams of Prince Charming or dashing military heroes, to the lure of dark strangers and vampire lovers from rock stars and rebels to soulmates, dependable family types or simply good companions, female fantasies about men tell us as much about the history of women as aboutWhat can a cultural history of the heartthrob teach us about women, desire, and social change From dreams of Prince Charming or dashing military heroes, to the lure of dark strangers and vampire lovers from rock stars and rebels to soulmates, dependable family types or simply good companions, female fantasies about men tell us as much about the history of women as about masculine icons When girls were supposed to be shrinking violets, passionate females risked being seen as unbridled , or dangerously out of control Change came slowly, and young women remained trapped in double binds You may have needed a husband in order to survive, but you had to avoid looking like a gold digger Sexual desire could be dangerous a rash guide to making choices Show attraction too openly and you might be judged fast and undesirable Education and wage earning brought independence and a widening of cultural horizons Young women in the early twentieth century showed a sustained appetite for novel reading, cinema going, and the dancehall They sighed over Rudolph Valentino s screen performances, as tango dancer, Arab tribesman, or desert lover Contemporary critics were sniffy about shop girl taste in literature and in men, but as consumers, girls had new clout In Heartthrobs, social and cultural historian Carole Dyhouse draws upon literature, cinema, and popular romance to show how the changing position of women has shaped their dreams about men, from Lord Byron in the early nineteenth century to boy bands in the early twenty first Reflecting on the history of women as consumers and on the nature of fantasy, escapism, and fandom , she takes us deep into the world of gender and the imagination A great deal of feminist literature has shown women as objects of the male gaze this book looks at men through the eyes of women.


  • Title: Heartthrobs: A History of Women and Desire
  • Author: Carol Dyhouse
  • ISBN: 9780198765837
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Carol Dyhouse

Carol Dyhouse is a social historian Her research has focused on gender, education and the pattern of women s lives in nineteenth and twentieth century Britain Her books include Girls Growing Up in late Victorian and Edwardian England 1981 Feminism and the Family in England, 1890 1939, 1989 No Distinction of Sex Women in British Universities 1995 and Students A Gendered History 2006 An interest in clothing and material culture, and the ways in which these relate to changing ideas about femininity, led to work on the subject of glamour, its controversial status within feminism, and its meanings to women in history Carol Dyhouse is currently a Research Professor in History at the University of Sussex.



Comments Heartthrobs: A History of Women and Desire

  • Pouting Always

    A book exploring women's desire and the representation it can take on in media, particularly in western media in the twentieth century. An interesting read that addresses a lot of different ideas from what is the driving force behind rape fantasies to the skirting around interracial relationships in many movies and books in the twentieth century. The focus is more on the 1900's and on celebrities with maybe the exception of Lord Byron. It's a good general read but I think the author tried to cov [...]


  • F

    Was sent a copy. Some parts more interesting than others.


  • Dana

    This was a great little novel about heartthrobs throughout history, and what this tells us about women and society at the time. I had a lot of fun reading this even though it got a little repetitive at times. Overall quirky and enjoyable read that can easily be read in one sitting. Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: BorrowCheck out more of my reviews hereNote: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


  • Roman Clodia

    A very quick and readable book but one which is all about the survey rather than detail, description and story-telling rather than analysis. There's undoubtedly a huge amount of material made available here but it's what I think of as an 'enabling' book: it would allow a more analytical scholar to do something more interesting with the material. Dyhouse asks pertinent questions about female desire and the inversion of the male gaze: but her work is unframed (she doesn't mention Mulvey, for examp [...]


  • Artemiz

    Heartthrobs is actually really good overview of all the different hero types in romance books over a time. There was a time when the readers hearts started to beat quicker when they read about gentle/dangerous poet type hero, or heroic solders or dangerous desert sons. Those where followed by doctors, celebrities and rich fellows. Modern day has brought vampires, damaged millionaires, whom young girls hope to save. All these preferences have been influenced by the things that have been happening [...]


  • Anna-Maria

    Heartthrobs is anecdotal rather than analytical, most of the time providing the curious reader with summaries of romance plots from past decades, giving an account of the more recent generations of female readers and writers in particular. The evolution of women's fantasies was entertaining to read about, but lacked an in-depth dissection of the psychology behind it; concepts like that of "non-threatening boys", for instance, are barely broached, if mentioned at all. The same applies to the more [...]


  • Rosie McConachie

    Masculinity has always interested me and the description of this book really appealed. I'm so glad I read it; I absolutely loved it! Given Carol Dyhouse's reputation as an academic, I was nervous it would be heavy going but she writes accessibly and engagingly. The insights into what women have found appealing were both interesting and useful: she shows how much culture has changed in even twenty years. This was the first book I've read of Dyhouse and I look forward to reading more.


  • Renae Pérez

    A bit of a cursory overview on popular culture and popular romance trends, both in novels and in film. Really all this did was reawaken my semi-dormant appreciation for romance novels of all types. And now I’m plotting a wonderful romance binge.So. There is that.Speaking to the book in general, it's pretty good. Doesn't get in-depth enough for me. As someone who's hugely into old hollywood film AND dabbles into romance novels, I just wanted two separate books that covered those subject far mor [...]


  • Bethany Frost

    There were some really interesting parts to this book, but far too often I felt like Dyhouse danced around drawing conclusions and it made for quite frustrating reading. I think it would have benefitted from being longer so she could have added more depth to the barrage of cultural references that started to get irritating a third of the way through. That said, I guess it makes it a good starting point for the analysis of desire, and that may well have been Dyhouse's intention.I'm just very surp [...]


  • Nabila

    It's a fun easy read but I don't think it quite delivers on the premise. I would have liked to have seen the evolution of how 'heartthrobs' are perceived but it tends to jump from era to era with a particular focus on the early 20th Century. Some more modern examples would have been interesting.


  • Susan McGrath

    I received an advance copy of this book from the Publisher (Oxford University Press) in exchange for an honest review.Heartthrobs by Carol Dyhouse is a nonfiction analysis of women and desire. It focuses mostly on what women are drawn to in books, television, movies, and music performers and what that reveals about what women really want in men and relationships.I am super in love with the idea of this book, but had a hard time getting into it. The issue was not necessarily with the book itself. [...]


  • LillyBooks

    This was a fun and impressively deep romp through the male "heartthrobs" of various forms of pop culture since the 19th century, focusing on how they changed with time (and how they didn't) and what that may mean about female desires and sexuality. It's an extensively well-researched book. I may have preferred it arranged chronically instead of by topic, as I felt this led the author to repeating the same facts in every chapter (such as the publication date & impact of The Feminine Mystique) [...]


  • supreme commander

    An excellent book and sociological study of women and the big and small screen. As someone who falls in love with a character every other week I found it fascinating. Great writing and research into the subject. Women like to be in love, maybe sometimes it's easier to never have the problem of having to deal with someone loving you back.


  • Camille

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free in a giveaway.It was really interesting and easy to read. Women's studies is right up my alley so I expected to like this. And I did.The multiple examples from various sources and pictures make the whole study enjoyable to read and it allows you to discover loads of other books and films to explore.


  • Megan Nigh

    Interesting academic look at how desire and attractiveness have been protrayed in literature and pop culture through the last century. Focuses on heterosexual women. Little bit repetitive at the end, but still quite interesting. Discusses how masculinity has changed definitions over the years in terms of dress and behavior. Touches on Mr. Darcy up through Edward Cullen and Christian Grey.


  • Lorraine

    In this book Carol Dyhouse uses examples in book, films etc of the past 150 years to try and explain female desire.


  • Lara

    It was a delicious romp through romantic icons and pulled together low and high-brow references brilliantly. For me, it didn't have much theoretical basis (e.g. Talked about gender as a performance without mentioning Judith Butler, the male gaze without Laura Mulvey) and I'd have liked more literary analysis. That said it was entertaining to read, had me laughing out loud and introduced me to a wide range of other references to follow up.


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