MacDowell, James (2011) The final couple : happy endings in Hollywood cinema. PhD thesis, University of Warwick. Full text not available from this repository. Official URL:.uk:80/recordb2580312S1 This thesis concerns a very common, yet surprisingly under-examined, concept: the Hollywood happy ending. Official Date: January 2011 Institution: University of Warwick Theses Department: Department of Film and Television Studies. Thesis Type: PhD Publication Status: Unpublished Supervisor(s Advisor: Gallafent, Edward Extent: 336 leaves : ill. The results of my analyses suggest that happy endings are as conducive to variation as any other artistic convention a fact that has significant ramifications for our thinking about Hollywood conclusions. Chapter 1 questions the existence of the homogenous norm the happy ending by attempting to define it a task more challenging than the conventions reputation would have us believe. Chapter 2 looks at the relationship between happy endings and closure, arguing that, while some films succeed in.
Chapter 3 examines the connection between happy endings and unrealism, considering firstly the traditionally close conceptual relationship between the happy ending and fiction tout court, before, secondly, exploring the ways in which the final couple relates to debates concerning the openness of life and the closed nature.
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Chapter 4 addresses the ideology of happy endings by discussing (1) what potential the concept of the final couple might be said to have for structuring viewers real-life romantic relationships, (2) the ideological implications of closure, and (3) the different ideological meanings that a final couple can.