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Feminism and Film

Feminism and Film - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0198782346

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ISBN10: 0198782349
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2000
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Feminism and Film - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0198782346

Ann Kaplan

ISBN13: 978-0198782346
ISBN10: 0198782349
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

This book brings together carefully selected essays on feminism and film with a view to tracing major developments in theory, criticism, and practices from 1973 to the present.
It illuminates the powerful, if controversial, role feminist research has played in the emergence of Film Studies as a discipline during these years. Kaplan reprints pioneering essays that traced the ensuing debates and challenges to key theories that shaped the field. She details the Euro-American contexts within which feminist film theories and practices emerged and traces the changing influences of French, German, and American intellectual movements on feminist film research.

After a wide-ranging introduction that sets the selection of essays in context, readers will find examples of social-role, psychoanalytic, structuralist, post-structuralist, gay and lesbian, postmodern, and postcolonial feminist film criticism, prefaced by introductory notes.

Foregrounds pioneering theories, responses, and counter-responses

Discusses and debates specific films, making it ideal as a teaching aid

Enables the reader to understand what motivated well-known arguments and provides the data for scholars and the general public to make up their own minds.

Author Bio

Kaplan, Ann E. : State University of New York

E. Ann Kaplan is Professor of English and the first Director of the Humanities Institute, State University of New York, Stony Brook. She is also a widely published author.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction

Part One: Pioneers and Classics: The Modernist Mode

Introductory Notes
Woman's Cinema as Counter-Cinema, Claire Johnston
Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, Laura Mulvey
"Woman as Sign", Elizabeth Cowie
Klute 1: A Contemporary Film Noir and Feminist Criticism, Christine Gledhill
Woman's Stake: Filming the Female Body, Mary Ann Doane
Male Subjectivity and the Celestial Suture: It's a Wonderful Life, Kaja Silverman
Is the Gaze Male?, E. Ann Kaplan
Dorothy Arzner: Critical Strategies, Claire Johnston

Part Two: Critiques of Phase One Theories: New Methods

Introductory Notes
Lesbian Looks: Dorothy Arzner and Female Authorship, Judith Mayne
The Difficulty of Difference, David N. Rodowick
Masochism and the Perverse Pleasures of the Cinema, Gaylyn Studlar
Pleasure, Ambivalence, Identification: Valentino and Female Spectatorship, Miriam Hansen
Masculinity as Spectacle: Reflections on Men and Mainstream Cinema, Steve Neale
Strategies of Coherence: Narrative, Cinema, Feminist Poetics and Yvonne Rainer, Teresa de Lauretis
The Orthopsychic Subject: Film Theory and the Reception of Lacan, Joan Copjec

Part Three: Race, Sexuality, and Postmodernism in Feminist Film Theory

Introductory Notes
Speaking Nearby, Trinh T. Minh-ha and Nancy N. Chen
White Privilege and Looking Relations: Race and Gender in Feminist Film Theory, Jane Gaines
Racism, Representation, Psychoanalysis, Claire Pajaczkowska and Lola Young
That Moment of Emergence, Pratibha Parmar
Sexual Indifference and Lesbian Representation, Teresa de Lauretis
Part Four: Spectatorship, Ethnicity, and Melodrama
Introductory Notes
Film and the Masquerade: Theorizing the Female Spectator, Mary Ann Doane
Women's Genres, Annette Kuhn
Desperately Seeking Difference, Jackie Stacey
The Case of the Missing Mother: Maternal Issues Vidor's Stella Dallas, E. Ann Kaplan
'Something Else Besides a Mother': Stella Dallas and the Maternal Melodrama, Linda Williams
Tears and Desire: Women and Melodrama in the 'Old' Mexican Cinema, Ana M. Lopez
Three Men and Baby M, Tania Modleski
The Carapace that Failed: Ousmane Sembene's Xala, Laura Mulvey
Further Reading

Index

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