The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader / Edition 1

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Feminism is one of the most important perspectives from which visual culture has been theorized and historicized over the past thirty years. The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader brings together a wide array of writings addressing art, film, architecture, popular culture, new media and other visual fields from a feminist perspective, combining classic texts by leading feminist thinkers with polemical new pieces. Challenging the notion of feminism as a unified discourse, The Reader explores how issues of race, class, nationality and sexuality enter into debates about feminism in the field of the visual and includes work by feminist critics, artists and activists. The Reader includes six previously unpublished texts written specifically for this volume.
Amelia Jones' introduction to The Reader traces historical and theoretical developments in feminism and visual culture. Articles are grouped into thematic sections, addressing Representation; Difference; Disciplines/Strategies; Mass Culture/Media Interventions; Body; and Technology. Each section opens with an introduction by the editor.
The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader provides a framework within which to understand the shifts in feminist thinking in visual studies as well as an overview of major feminist theories of the visual.
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"The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader is a useful inspiring reference work." - Muse
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415267052
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Series: In Sight: Visual Culture Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 596
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Amelia Jones is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Riverside. She has organised exhibitions including Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago's Dinner Party in Feminist Art History at the UCLA/Armand Hammer Art Museum (1996), and her publications include the co-edited anthology Performing the Body/Performing the Text (1999), Body Art/Performing the Subject (1998), and Postmodernism and the En-Gendering of Marcel Duchamp (1994).

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Notes on contributors
Introduction: Conceiving the Intersection of Feminism and Visual Culture 1
Pt. 1 Provocations
Introduction to Part One 9
1 Feminist Viewing: Viewing Feminism 11
2 Fear and Loathing in New York: An Impolite Anecdote about the Interface of Homophobia and Misogyny 15
3 Creating Transnational Women's Art Networks 18
4 One Way or Another: Black Feminist Visual Theory 22
5 Next Bodies 26
6 The Unbearable Lightness of Sight 29
Pt. 2 Representation
Introduction to Part Two 33
7 From Ways of Seeing 37
8 Female Imagery 40
9 Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema 44
10 Textual Strategies: The Politics of Art-Making 53
11 Film and the Masquerade: Theorizing the Female Spectator 60
12 Desiring Images/Imaging Desire 72
13 Screening the Seventies: Sexuality and Representation in Feminist Practice - A Brechtian Perspective 76
14 The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators 94
15 Broken Symmetries: Memory, Sight, Love 105
Pt. 3 Difference
Introduction to Part Three 115
16 Any Theory of the "Subject" has Always been Appropriated by the "Masculine" 119
17 Lesbian Artists 128
18 The Straight Mind 130
19 Black Bodies, White Bodies: Toward an Iconography of Female Sexuality in Late Nineteenth-Century Art, Medicine, and Literature 136
20 Difference: "A Special Third World Women Issue" 151
21 Olympia's Maid: Reclaiming Black Female Subjectivity 174
22 A Posttransexual Manifesto 187
23 Color and Difference in Abstract Painting: The Ultimate Case of Monochrome 192
24 The Other History of Intercultural Performance 205
25 "The White to Be Angry": Vaginal Creme Davis's Terrorist Drag 217
Pt. 4 Disciplines/Strategies
Introduction to Part Four 225
26 Why have There been No Great Women Artists? 229
27 Feminism and Film: Critical Approaches 234
28 The Triple Negation of Colored Women Artists 239
29 Patrilineage 249
30 Bathsheba or the Interior Bible 256
31 Gossip as Testimony: A Postmodern Signature 268
32 The Social and the Poetic: Feminist Practices in Architecture, 1970-2000 277
Pt. 5 Mass Culture/Media Interventions
Introduction to Part Five 283
33 Hateful Contraries: Media Images of Asian Women 287
34 The Search for Tomorrow in Today's Soap Operas 294
35 Feminist Media Strategies for Political Performance 302
36 Feminism, Incorporated: Reading "Postfeminism" in an Anti-Feminist Age 314
37 The Suburban Home Companion: Television and the Neighborhood Ideal in Postwar America 329
38 Black Barbie and the Deep Play of Difference 337
39 Introduction and Conclusion to the Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art 349
40 Reflections on a Yellow Eye: Asian I(\Eye/)cons and Cosmetic Surgery 354
41 Fear of Falling 354
Pt. 6 Body
Introduction to Part Six 369
42 External Boundaries 373
43 Streams/All that Flows and Woman: Territory of Desire 375
44 Pornography 387
45 Approaching Abjection 389
46 Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory 392
47 Toward a Butch-Femme Aesthetic 402
48 Reinstating Corporeality: Feminism and Body Politics 414
49 The Knowledge of the Body and the Presence of History: Toward a Feminist Architecture 426
50 The Ballerina's Phallic Pointe 434
51 Never Just Pictures 454
52 Epilogue to Imaginary Bodies: Ethics, Power and Corporeality 466
Pt. 7 Technology
Introduction to Part Seven 471
53 A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century 475
54 Virtual Bodies and Flickering Signifiers 497
55 Bodies-Cities 507
56 To Touch the Other: A Story of Corpo-Electronic Surfaces 514
57 Postcolonial Media Theory 520
58 Feminisations: Reflections on Women and Virtual Reality 528
59 Cyberfeminist Manifesto 530
60 Cyberfeminism with a Difference 531
61 The Appended Subject: Race and Identity as Digital Assemblage 534
62 My Womb, The Mosh Pit 545
Index 551
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