The conference is sponsored by the Melodrama Research Group, a cross-faculty group of academics who are interested in exploring ideas on this hotly-contested topic. Despite its seeming commonsense, obvious, and frequently pejorative, meanings, melodrama is, in fact, a much more contentious category than is often recognised. It generates disagreement and controversy between experts in the field about its definition, canon, and ideological purpose. Far from being discouraged by the contested nature of the term, the scholars in the melodrama group unite in embracing the fact that “melodrama” prompts interrogation, and requires contextualisation.
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