The Vicissitudes Of The Maternal Melodrama In Hollywood

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Maternal melodrama, as discussed in the excerpt from the book, “Unsophisticated Lady: The Vicissitudes of the Maternal Melodrama in Hollywood”, found on the website, Project Muse, The maternal melodrama derives from several late-nineteenth century and early-twentieth- century theatrical proto-types. Although there are many narrative variants, the basic plot concerns a mother who is suspected of adultery and expelled from her home, thereby becoming separated from her children. She suffers degradation, sometimes becoming a drug addict or a prostitute. After a long period of separation, she again encounters her children who do not recognize her. (INSERT MLA) This is what books and movies were based on. The mother would come and seek the love

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