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"What's the Matter with Sara Jane?": Daughters and Mothers in Douglas Sirk's "Imitation of Life"

Marina Heung
Cinema Journal
Vol. 26, No. 3 (Spring, 1987), pp. 21-43
DOI: 10.2307/1224906
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1224906
Page Count: 23
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"What's the Matter with Sara Jane?": Daughters and Mothers in Douglas Sirk's "Imitation of Life"
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Abstract

An analysis of this film in terms of the intersection of issues of race, class, and gender yields an understanding of how the woman's film expresses ideologies about issues as diverse as woman's work and woman's suffering, mother-daughter relationships, bonding between black and white women, and the possibility of women's resistance to the social order.

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