Issues in Feminist Film Criticism / Edition 1

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"This anthology makes it abundantly clear that feminist film criticism is flourishing and has developed dramatically since its inception in the early 1970s." —Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

Erens brings together a wide variety of writings and methodologies by U.S. and British feminist film scholars. The twenty-seven essays represent some of the most influential work on Hollywood film, women's cinema, and documentary filmmaking to appear during the past decade and beyond.

Contributors include Lucie Arbuthnot, Linda Artel, Pam Cook, Teresa de Lauretis, Mary Ann Doane, Elizabeth Ellsworth, Lucy Fischer, Jane Gaines, Mary C. Gentile, Bette Gordon, Florence Jacobowitz, Claire Johnston, E. Ann Kaplan, Annette Kuhn, Julia Lesage, Judith Mayne, Sonya Michel, Tania Modleski, Laura Mulvey, B. Ruby Rich, Gail Seneca, Kaja Silverman, Lori Spring, Jackie Stacey, Maureen Turim, Diane Waldman, Susan Wengraf, Linda Williams, and Robin Wood.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Twenty-seven previously published essays by US and British feminist film scholars on Hollywood film, women's cinema, and documentary filmmaking. The collection is structured as a series of debates in four sections--critical methodology: women and representation; rereading Hollywood films; critical methodology: feminist filmmaking; and assessing films directed by women. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253206107
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1991
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

Patricia Erens

I. Critical Methodology: Women and Representation

Positive Images
Screening Women’s Films
Linda Artel and Susan Wengraf
There’s More to a Positive Image Than Meets the Eye
Diane Waldman
The Place of Women in the Cinema of Raoul Walsh
Pam Cook and Claire Johnston
Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema
Laura Mulvey
Film and the Masquerade
Theorizing the Female Spectator
Mary Ann Doane
Hitchock, Feminism, and the Patriarchal Unconscious
Tania Modleski
Women and Respresentation
Can We Enjoy Alternative Pleasure?
Jane Gaines

II. Rereading Hollywood Films

Gentlemen Consume Blondes
Maureen Turim
Pre-text and Text in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Lucie Arbuthnot and Gail Seneca
The Case of the Missing Mother
Maternal Issues in Vidor’s Stella Dallas
E. Ann Kaplan
"Something Else Besides a Mother"
Stella Dallas and the Maternal Melodrama
Linda Williams
Seduced and Abandoned
Recollection and Romance in Letter from an Unkown Woman
Lucy Fischer
Illicit Pleasures
Feminist Spectators and Personal Best
Elizabeth Ellsworth
White Privilege and Looking Relations
Race and Gender in Feminist Film Theory
Jane Gaines

III. Critical Methodology: Feminist Filmmaking

The Political Aesthetics of the Feminist Documentary Film
Julia Lesage
Feminism, Film, and Public History
Sonya Michel
Textual Politics
Annette Kuhn
In the Name of Feminist Film Criticism
B. Ruby Rich
Rethinking Women’s Cinema Aesthetics and Feminist Theory
Teresa de Lauretis
Dis-Embodying the Female Voice
Kaja Silverman

IV. Assessing Films Directed by Women

Images and Women
Robin Wood
Unspoken and Unsolved Tell Me a Riddle
Florence Jacobowitz and Lori Spring
Desperately Seeking Difference
Jackie Stacey
Female Narration, Women’s Cinema
Helke Sander’s The All-Round Reduced Personality/Redupers
Judith Mayne
Feminist or Tendentious?
Marleen Gorris’s A Question of Silence
Mary C. Gentile
Soft Issue, Hard World
B. Ruby Rich
The Pleasure in Looking
Bette Gordon

Selected Bibliography

Indiana University Press

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