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Segal, N. (2016). Running in Circles: My Best Friend’s Wedding After 19 Years. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 17(3):237-240.

(2016). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 17(3):237-240


Running in Circles: My Best Friend’s Wedding After 19 Years

Naomi Segal, Ph.D.

This essay revisits My Best Friend’s Wedding (Hogan, 1997) 19 years later. It compares its way of combining laughter and tears with 2 genres of literature: Marivaux’s (1964) 18th-century comic theatre and the 19th-century novel of adultery, with its overtones of classical tragedy. In each, an outsider observes, envies, and seeks to destroy a “happy couple”: the 2 genres end, respectively, in a wedding or in death. How do 3 women view this film, and its ending, in 2016?

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