Feminism and Film / Edition 1

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This book brings together carefully selected essays on feminism and film with a view to tracing major developments in theory, criticism, and practices of women and cinema from 1973 to the present day. It illuminates the powerful, if controversial, role feminist research has played in the emergence of Film Studies as a discipline during these years; reprinting influential 1970s pioneering essays tracing the ensuing debates and challenges to key theories that shaped this field in the next two decades. Kaplan details the Euro-American contexts within which feminist film theories and practices emerged and traces the changing influences of French, German, and American intellectual movements on feminist film research. As well as a wide-ranging introduction which sets the selection of essays in context, readers will find examples of social-role, psychoanalytic, structuralist, post-structuralist, gay and lesbian, postmodern and postcolonial feminist film criticism, prefaced by introductory notes and including further readings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198782346
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/21/2000
  • Series: Oxford Readings in Feminism Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 584
  • Sales rank: 1,253,391
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

E. Ann Kaplan is Professor of English and the first Director of the Humanities Institute, State University of New York, Stony Brook. She is also a widely published author.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Part One: Pioneers and Classics: The Modernist Mode
Introductory Notes
Woman's Cinema as Counter-Cinema, Claire Johnston
Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, Laura Mulvey
"Woman as Sign", Elizabeth Cowie
Klute 1: A Contemporary Film Noir and Feminist Criticism, Christine Gledhill
Woman's Stake: Filming the Female Body, Mary Ann Doane
Male Subjectivity and the Celestial Suture: It's a Wonderful Life, Kaja Silverman
Is the Gaze Male?, E. Ann Kaplan
Dorothy Arzner: Critical Strategies, Claire Johnston
Part Two: Critiques of Phase One Theories: New Methods
Introductory Notes
Lesbian Looks: Dorothy Arzner and Female Authorship, Judith Mayne
The Difficulty of Difference, David N. Rodowick
Masochism and the Perverse Pleasures of the Cinema, Gaylyn Studlar
Pleasure, Ambivalence, Identification: Valentino and Female Spectatorship, Miriam Hansen
Masculinity as Spectacle: Reflections on Men and Mainstream Cinema, Steve Neale
Strategies of Coherence: Narrative, Cinema, Feminist Poetics and Yvonne Rainer, Teresa de Lauretis
The Orthopsychic Subject: Film Theory and the Reception of Lacan, Joan Copjec
Part Three: Race, Sexuality, and Postmodernism in Feminist Film Theory
Introductory Notes
Speaking Nearby, Trinh T. Minh-ha and Nancy N. Chen
White Privilege and Looking Relations: Race and Gender in Feminist Film Theory, Jane Gaines
Racism, Representation, Psychoanalysis, Claire Pajaczkowska and Lola Young
That Moment of Emergence, Pratibha Parmar
Sexual Indifference and Lesbian Representation, Teresa de Lauretis
Part Four: Spectatorship, Ethnicity, and Melodrama
Introductory Notes
Film and the Masquerade: Theorizing the Female Spectator, Mary Ann Doane
Women's Genres, Annette Kuhn
Desperately Seeking Difference, Jackie Stacey
The Case of the Missing Mother: Maternal Issues Vidor's Stella Dallas, E. Ann Kaplan
'Something Else Besides a Mother': Stella Dallas and the Maternal Melodrama, Linda Williams
Tears and Desire: Women and Melodrama in the 'Old' Mexican Cinema, Ana M. Lopez
Three Men and Baby M, Tania Modleski
The Carapace that Failed: Ousmane Sembene's Xala, Laura Mulvey
Further Reading

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