Working Girls: Gender and Sexuality in Popular Cinema / Edition 1

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Overview

Working Girls investigates the thematic concerns of contemporary Hollywood cinema, and its ambivalent articulation of women as both active, and defined by sexual performance, asking whether new Hollywood cinema has responded to feminism and contemporary sexual identities.
Whether analysing the rise of films centred around female friendships, or the entrance of pop stars such as Whitney Houston and Madonna into film, Working Girls is an authoritative investigation of the presence of women both as film makers and actors in contemporary mainstream cinema.

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Tasker film and cultural studies, U. of Sunderland investigates contemporary cinema's complex relationship with gender and sexual identities in the wake of feminism, and explores four versions of the working woman common in Hollywood films--spunky heroines of action movies, female police and FBI agents, the singer as movie star, and sharp-shooting cowgirls of the new Westerns. She also discusses the increasing prominence of women as producers and directors. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415140058
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of contributors
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Preface: curvatures in space-time-truth 1
Pt. 1 Embodied knowledge and virtual space
1 Embodied knowledge and virtual space: gender, nature and history 15
2 The digital unconscious 30
3 Physical, psychological and virtual realities 45
Pt. 2 Nature and virtue
4 Nature = x: notes on Spinozist ethics 63
5 Embodying virtue: a buddhist perspective on virtual reality 76
6 Redesigning the present 88
Pt. 3 Embodying truth
7 Hubble telescope: the artist in the eye of the storm 105
8 A more convivial perspective system for artists 109
9 Ancient oaks: a one-act play 122
10 Culture, technology and subjectivity: an 'ethical' analysis 132
Pt. 4 When becoming meets becoming
11 The dream garden: notes on a virtual idyll 149
12 The 'return-beat': 'curved perceptions' in music and dance 157
13 'Peak practices': the production and regulation of ecstatic bodies 168
Pt. 5 Between saying and showing
14 [Sait] 181
15 + and [actual symbol not reproducible] 196
16 PDF: the digital hostess 206
17 Messages from Sir Arthur and the Rev. Bill 213
Index
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