Feminist Film Theorists / Edition 1

Feminist Film Theorists / Edition 1

by Shohini Chaudhuri
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Feminist Film Theorists / Edition 1

Since it begun in the 1970s, feminist film theory has revolutionized the way that films and their spectators can be understood. This book focuses on the groundbreaking work of Laura Mulvey, Kaja Silverman, Teresa de Lauretis, and Barbara Creed. Each of these thinkers has opened up a new and distinctive approach to the study of film and this book provides the most detailed account so far of their ideas. It illuminates the following six key concepts and demonstrates their value as tools for film analysis: the male gaze, the female voice, technologies of gender, queering desire, the monstrous-feminine, masculinity in crisis.

Shohini Chaudhuri shows how these four thinkers construct their theories through their reading of films as well as testing their ideas with a number of other examples from contemporary cinema and television. She concludes that the concepts have not remained static over the past thirty years but have continually evolved with the influence of new critical debates and developments in film production signalling their continuing impact and relevance in an era that is often unthinkingly branded as 'post-feminist'.

About the Author:
Shohini Chaudhuri is Lecturer in Contemporary Writing and Film at the University of Essex

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900415324334
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/01/2006
Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers Series
Edition description: New
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Shohini Chaudhuri is Lecturer in Contemporary Writing and Film at the University of Essex. Her articles have appeared in Screen, Camera Obscura, and Strategies: Journal of Theory, Culture and Politics. She has recently published a book called Contemporary World Cinema: Europe, the Middle East, East Asia and South Asia (2005).

Table of Contents

Series editor's preface     vii
Acknowledgements     xi
Why Mulvey, Silverman, De Lauretis, and Creed?     1
Influences     3
This book     11
Key Ideas     13
Beginnings     15
The eternal feminine     16
Psychoanalysis and feminism     18
The tools of film theory     21
The male gaze     31
Sexual politics     31
Lust of the eyes     34
The female spectator     39
The female voice     45
Female confessions     50
Fantasies of the maternal voice     53
The 'homosexual-maternal fantasmatic'     56
Female authorship     58
Technologies of gender Beyond the paradox of woman     62
The technology of sex     64
The technology of gender     66
Rethinking women's cinema     68
Desire in narrative     70
Queering desire     75
Film and the visible     78
Sexual indifference     80
Lesbian fetishism     84
The monstrous-feminine     91
The abject     92
The archaicmother     95
Medusa's head     99
The deadly femme castratrice     100
Crisis TV     102
Masculinity in crisis     105
The dominant fiction     107
Historical trauma     110
The screen and the gaze     113
Male masochism     116
After Mulvey, Silverman, De Lauretis, and Creed     121
Further Reading     129
Works cited     135
Index     143

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