16 Men Writing Gidget from How Gidget Got Into the Girl Ghetto with Dr. Rosanne Welch [Video] (0:57)

16 Men Writing Gidget from How Gidget Got Into the Girl Ghetto with Dr. Rosanne Welch

16 Men Writing Gidget from How Gidget Got Into the Girl Ghetto with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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But then you switch over and get an episode written by a gentleman and you see, basically, she wants to by this car of one of the surfers on the beach so she has the ability to go back and forth without bugging her friends for a ride. She decides to go to shop class at the school to learn how to take care of the car before she buys it where these things are all annoying to me.

“When a woman clamors about being equal to men, sometimes giving them exactly what they want convinces them they don’t want it.”

That’s the teacher’s way of getting her to quit the class and he spends the entire episode giving her terrible dirty, heavy, awful jobs in the auto shop so that she will quit. She never does, but at the very end she comes up with this message. She got the car fixed because she stood outside and looked helpless and that was the lesson she learned in an episode written by a man. So as far as I’m concerned they took character a few steps backward in the midst of this growth period and I think that’s so sad.

At this year’s 10th Annual Screenwriting Research Network Conference at Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand I presented…

“How Gidget Got Into the Girl Ghetto by Accident (and How We Can Get Her Out of it): Demoting Gidget: The Little Girl with Big Ideas from Edgy Coming of Age Novel to Babe on the Beach Genre Film via Choices made in the Adaptation Process.”

It’ a long title, as I joke up front, but covers the process of adapting the true life story of Kathy Kohner (nicknamed ‘Gidget’ by the group of male surfers who she spent the summers with in Malibu in the 1950s) into the film and television series that are better remembered than the novel. The novel had been well-received upon publication, even compared to A Catcher in the Rye, but has mistakenly been relegated to the ‘girl ghetto’ of films. Some of the adaptations turned the focus away from the coming of age story of a young woman who gained respect for her talent at a male craft – surfing – and instead turned the focus far too much on Kathy being boy crazy.

Along the way I found interesting comparisons between how female writers treated the main character while adapting the novel and how male writers treated the character.

Gidget


Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch teaches the History of Screenwriting and One-Hour Drama for the Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting.

Writing/producing credits include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences, ABCNEWS: Nightline and Touched by an Angel. In 2016 she published the book Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop; co-edited Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia; and placed “Transmitting Culture Transnationally Via the Characterization of Parents in Police Procedurals” in the New Review of Film and Television Studies. Essays appear in Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television and Doctor Who and Race: An Anthology. Welch serves as Book Reviews editor for Journal of Screenwriting and on the Editorial Advisory Board for Written By magazine, the magazine of the Writers Guild.

Watch Dr. Welch’s talk “The Importance of Having a Female Voice in the Room” at the 2016 TEDxCPP.


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“When her father, his own godfather, who had been so pleased by their union, learned that Filippo was a pauper, with barely enough money left to support his studies, he called off the engagement. 

In a week he betrothed Sandrina to a richer man in the village. The injustice of the inability to make her own choices in life never left Filippo’s mind, and Sandrina never left his heart. Though other women would come and go from it, Sandrina’s smile stayed there for the rest of his life.”

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From The Research Vault: The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story of the 60s TV Pop Sensation by Andrew Sandoval

From The Research Vault: The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story of the 60s TV Pop Sensation by Andrew Sandoval

The Monkees: The Day-by-Day Story of the 1960s TV Pop Sensation is a book covering the history of the made-for-TV rock band, The Monkees. Written by Andrew Sandoval,[1] it fully details the band’s recording sessions, filming dates and public appearances from 1965-1970. Also included is an extensive listing of session musicians who worked on The Monkees’ recordings.


 

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Myself, Peg Lamphier and author, Terrence Young discuss his book, Heading Out: A History of American Camping after the Cal Poly Pomona Golden Leaves presentations at Cal Poly Pomona University Library

Myself, Peg Lamphier and author, Terrence Young discuss his book, Heading Out: A History of American Camping after the Cal Poly Pomona Golden Leaves presentations at Cal Poly Pomona University Library

Myself, Peg Lamphier and author, Terrence Young discuss his book, Heading Out: A History of American Camping after the Cal Poly Pomona Golden Leaves presentations at Cal Poly Pomona University Library. 

 

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06 Barbara Is 1st Strong Female Character from Gender Diversity in the Who-niverse [Video] (0:25)

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For her 5th Doctor Who lecture to the CPP community, Dr. Rosanne Welch discusses how society – and the show’s writing staff – prepared the audience for a major change in this 50-year franchise – the creation of the first Lady Doctor!

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So this was their invention, and I think it’s important to recognize that from the very beginning barbara is not a housewife

She’s not passive. She’s not boring

She’s a teacher who is very excited about these adventures she chooses to go on them

And she learns along the way she often lectures the doctor the older man

About how he should be behaving in the other worlds that they visit so we started with a strong woman. Let’s just remember that

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Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch teaches the History of Screenwriting and One-Hour Drama for the Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting.

Writing/producing credits include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences, ABCNEWS: Nightline and Touched by an Angel. In 2016 she published the book Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop; co-edited Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia; and placed “Transmitting Culture Transnationally Via the Characterization of Parents in Police Procedurals” in the New Review of Film and Television Studies. Essays appear in Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television and Doctor Who and Race: An Anthology. Welch serves as Book Reviews editor for Journal of Screenwriting and on the Editorial Advisory Board for Written By magazine, the magazine of the Writers Guild.

Watch Dr. Welch’s talk “The Importance of Having a Female Voice in the Room” at the 2016 TEDxCPP.

Dr. Rosanne Welch presents at Cal Poly Pomona’s Golden Leaves Presentation [Video] (5:21)

Dr. Rosanne Welch presents at Cal Poly Pomona’s Golden Leaves Presentation [Video] (5:21)

Dr. Rosanne Welch presents at Cal Poly Pomona's Golden Leaves Presentation [Video] (5:21)

 

Thanks to the librarians at CalPoly Pomona for another fun afternoon listening to all my colleagues who have published books this year at the annual Golden Leaves Ceremony.  This year I enjoyed sharing a reading from my new novel, Filippo Mazzei America’s Forgotten Founding Father, the story of an Italian-American patriot who owned the plantation next door to Thomas Jefferson – but chose not to own slaves.  Rather he worked at establishing a vineyard with the help of other Italian immigrants (whose children and grandchildren helped populate Virginia according to records kept at Monticello). 

Alongside Jefferson, Mazzei wrote articles in support of the Revolution and is now credited with coining the phrase “All Men are Created Equal”, which Jefferson found so inspiring he added it to his Declaration. As the Revolutionary War waged on, Jefferson and other Founding Fathers asked Mazzei to return to Europe and solicit funds, weapons and other support from the leading countries of Europe, which he gladly did, though it separated him from the beloved country he had adopted. 

It is my hope that the more people who hear my talks and read this novel, the more will learn to add Mazzei’s name to the list of folks who helped found our country.

The Golden Leaves

Since 1986, the Golden Leaves program has celebrated those members of the Cal Poly Pomona campus community (faculty, staff, students, alumni and retirees) who have authored or edited a book* in the preceding year. The Golden Leaves program is funded by the University Library.

Each year books published by Cal Poly Pomona authors are on display in the Library during the month of April. The Golden Leaves program is celebrated annually at the University Library in conjunction with National Library Week.

Quotes from “Why The Monkees Matter” by Dr. Rosanne Welch – 95 in a series – TV and The Monkees

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The television aspect of The Monkees certainly made a difference between the way they and other rock bands of the time experienced their cultural connections. Many straight rock and roll bands of the day hit a peak during production of their original records. Once the radio airplay ended, they faded, only to return as novelty nostalgia acts such as Flo and Eddie of The Turtles in their ‘Happy Together’ tours. Yet critics of the Monkees 2013 and 2014 concert tours found them still vibrant. 

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15 Analyzing Episodes of Gidget from How Gidget Got Into the Girl Ghetto with Dr. Rosanne Welch – SRN Conference 2017

15 Analyzing Episodes of Gidget from How Gidget Got Into the Girl Ghetto with Dr. Rosanne Welch – SRN Conference 2017

15 Analyzing Episodes of Gidget from How Gidget Got Into the Girl Ghetto with Dr. Rosanne Welch - SRN Conference 2017

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Also in the episode, she talks about surfing — she eats, drinks and sleeps it. She says to her Dad, you do the same thing. Why should it be wrong that I have something I’m obsessed with being better at and he agrees with her. So, she’s able to debate with her father and they have this very equal relationship which makes me interested. In this particular episode, she brought her Dad to the beach to see what was so good about surfing. he met a girlfriend who is a research chemist. A woman writing the episode makes the woman not only a widow, not some little girly job. She’s a research chemist that he is going to go out with. His last girlfriend was the Dean of Female Students at UCLA. Every woman you meet on this show if the episode is written by a woman is a woman with a substantial career and an interesting person. That fascinates me.

At this year’s 10th Annual Screenwriting Research Network Conference at Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand I presented…

“How Gidget Got Into the Girl Ghetto by Accident (and How We Can Get Her Out of it): Demoting Gidget: The Little Girl with Big Ideas from Edgy Coming of Age Novel to Babe on the Beach Genre Film via Choices made in the Adaptation Process.”

It’ a long title, as I joke up front, but covers the process of adapting the true life story of Kathy Kohner (nicknamed ‘Gidget’ by the group of male surfers who she spent the summers with in Malibu in the 1950s) into the film and television series that are better remembered than the novel. The novel had been well-received upon publication, even compared to A Catcher in the Rye, but has mistakenly been relegated to the ‘girl ghetto’ of films. Some of the adaptations turned the focus away from the coming of age story of a young woman who gained respect for her talent at a male craft – surfing – and instead turned the focus far too much on Kathy being boy crazy.

Along the way I found interesting comparisons between how female writers treated the main character while adapting the novel and how male writers treated the character.

Gidget


Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch teaches the History of Screenwriting and One-Hour Drama for the Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting.

Writing/producing credits include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences, ABCNEWS: Nightline and Touched by an Angel. In 2016 she published the book Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop; co-edited Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia; and placed “Transmitting Culture Transnationally Via the Characterization of Parents in Police Procedurals” in the New Review of Film and Television Studies. Essays appear in Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television and Doctor Who and Race: An Anthology. Welch serves as Book Reviews editor for Journal of Screenwriting and on the Editorial Advisory Board for Written By magazine, the magazine of the Writers Guild.

Watch Dr. Welch’s talk “The Importance of Having a Female Voice in the Room” at the 2016 TEDxCPP.


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The Screenwriting Research Network is a research group consisting of scholars, reflective practitioners and practice-based researchers interested in research on screenwriting. The aim is to rethink the screenplay in relation to its histories, theories, values and creative practices.

From The Research Vault: Teen Television: Davy Jones Fans Return Love, Support His Horses by Susan Salk

From The Research Vault: Teen Television: Davy Jones Fans Return Love, Support His Horses by Susan Salk

From The Research Vault: Teen Television: Davy Jones Fans Return Love, Support His Horses by Susan Salk

Long before Davy Jones became a Monkee, he was a horseman.

It was in the company of racehorses that he sought to make a career as a young jockey. Until, that is, his trainer lovingly kicked him out of the racing stables for his own good, with the admonishment that he shouldn’t have to be picking up after horses his whole life, says Jones’ daughter Jessica Cramer Jones.

 “My father was a broken boy when he first discovered horses,” Jones says in a telephone interview with Off-TrackThoroughbreds.com. “He was 12 when he lost his mother, and he turned to horses in his grief. They are what gave him his confidence back … horses kept him together his whole life.”


 

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