Framed: Women in Law and Film / Edition 1

Framed: Women in Law and Film / Edition 1

by Orit Kamir
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822336243

ISBN-13: 9780822336242

Pub. Date: 01/19/2006

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Some women attack and harm men who abuse them. Social norms, law, and films all participate in framing these occurrences, guiding us in understanding and judging them. How do social, legal, and cinematic conventions and mechanisms combine to lead us to condemn these women or exonerate them? What is it, exactly, that they teach us to find such women guilty or

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Some women attack and harm men who abuse them. Social norms, law, and films all participate in framing these occurrences, guiding us in understanding and judging them. How do social, legal, and cinematic conventions and mechanisms combine to lead us to condemn these women or exonerate them? What is it, exactly, that they teach us to find such women guilty or innocent of, and how do they do so?

Through innovative readings of a dozen movies made between 1928 and 2001 in Europe, Japan, and the United States, Orit Kamir shows that in representing “gender crimes,” feature films have constructed a cinematic jurisprudence, training audiences worldwide in patterns of judgment of women (and men) in such situations. Offering a novel formulation of the emerging field of law and film, Kamir combines basic legal concepts—murder, rape, provocation, insanity, and self-defense—with narratology, social science methodologies, and film studies.

Framed not only offers a unique study of law and film but also points toward new directions in feminist thought. Shedding light on central feminist themes such as victimization and agency, multiculturalism, and postmodernism, Kamir outlines a feminist cinematic legal critique, a perspective from which to evaluate the “cinematic legalism” that indoctrinates and disciplines audiences around the world. Bringing an original perspective to feminist analysis, she demonstrates that the distinction between honor and dignity has crucial implications for how societies construct women, their social status, and their legal rights. In Framed, she outlines a dignity-oriented, honor-sensitive feminist approach to law and film.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822336242
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
01/19/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Prefacexi
Introduction: Conceptual Framework1
Part IFeminist Critique of Law Films That Honor-Judge Women
1Rashomon (Japan, 1950): Construction of Woman as Guilty Object43
2Pandora's Box (Germany, 1928): Exorcising Pandora-Lilith in the Weimar Republic73
3Blackmail (England, 1929): Hitchcock's Sound and the New Woman's Guilty Silence90
4Anatomy of a Murder (U.S.A., 1959): Hollywood's Hero-Lawyer Revives the Unwritten Law112
Part IICinematic Women Demanding Judgment: From Liberal Attitudes to Radical Feminist Jurisprudence and the Ethics of Care
5Adam's Rib (U.S.A., 1949): Hollywood's Female Lawyer and Family Values (Read with Disclosure and Legally Blonde)135
6Nuts (U.S.A., 1987): The Mad Woman's Day in Court160
7Death and the Maiden (U.S.A., 1994): Challenging Trauma with Feminine Judgment and Justice (Read with The Piano)185
Part IIIWomen Resisting and Subverting Judgment: Beyond Conventional Feminist Jurisprudence
8A Question of Silence (Netherlands, 1982): Feminist Community as Revolution (Read against "A Jury of Her Peers")217
9Set it Off (U.S.A., 1996): Minority Women at the Point of No Return243
10High Heels (Spain, 1991): Almodovar's Postmodern Transgression264
Notes285
Bibliography299
Index313

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