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Exploring the use of language and images, the nature of ideology and the relationship between gender and genre, the authors discuss representation in a variety of different cultural forms, including literature, the visual arts, film, television, ...
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Exploring the use of language and images, the nature of ideology and the relationship between gender and genre, the authors discuss representation in a variety of different cultural forms, including literature, the visual arts, film, television, pornography, comedy and the theatre.
Through the analysis of specific examples, the authors highlight themes which are central to contemporary cultural theory, including the role of the self as creator and active spectator, and the role of feminist criticism in altering traditional frameworks for the production and evaluation of cultural and artistic works. The text is greatly enhanced by the inclusion of many photographs, both colour and black and white, as well as other illustrations.
Part I: Themes and Issues: Gender, Genre and Representation.
1. Making Things Mean: Cultural Representation.
in Objects: Catherine King.
2. Analysing Representations: Richard Allen.
3. Gender and Genre: Dinal Birch.
4. Ways of Speaking: Joan Swann.
Part II: Literary Representations: Self as Subject. .
1. The Feminist Critical Revolution: Elaine Showalter.
2. Supply and Demand: Women's Short Stories: Lizbeth Goodman.
3. Towards a Better Way of Being: Feminist Science Fiction:.
4. A Wild Surmise: Motherhood and Poetry: Alicia Ostriker.
5. 'Moment of Faith': Worksheets: Carol Rumens.
6. Criticism as Autobiography: Nicole Ward Jouve.
7. Our Life: Working Class Women's Autobiography in Britain:.
Part III: Visual Images: Taking the Mastery out of Art.
1. The Politics of Representation: A Democracy of the Gaze:.
2. Object into Subject: Some Thoughts on the Work of.
Black Women Artists: Michelle Cliff.
3. Beyond the Mirror: Women's Self Portraits: Felicity Edholm.
4. Feminist Arts: Catherine King.
Part IV: Negotiating Meanings from Popular Television and Film.
1. Pleasurable Negotiations: Christine Gledhill.
2. She's Gotta Have It: The Representation of Black Female Sexuality on Film: Felly Nkweto Simmonds.
3. A Woman's Space: Women and Soap Opera: Christine Geraghty.
4. Confession Time: Women and Game Shows: Frances Bonner.
Part V: Pornography andRepresentation. .
1. Lace: Pornography for Women Avis Lewallen.
2. Obscenity and Censorship: Suzanne Kappeler.
3. Pornography and Black Women's Bodies: Patricia Hill Collins.
4. Who Watches the Watchwomen?: Feminists Against Censorship: Gillian Rodgerson and Linda Semple.
5. The Pornography Problem: Lizbeth Goodman.
Part VI: Comic Subversions.
1. Gender and Humour: Lizbeth Goodman.
Comic Subversions: Comedy as Strategy in Feminist Theatre:.
Conclusion: In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Alice Walker.