Cover

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Series Info, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

It is impossible to thank all those who have contributed to my thinking on these essays written over the last twelve years. First, of course, I am indebted to Janet Bergstrom and Elisabeth Lyon, with whom I have worked for almost fifteen years now, on Women and Film and then Camera Obscura. ...

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Preface

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pp. xi-xx

The essays collected here were written over a period of twelve years, on topics ranging from avant-garde art and film to popular culture and television. To present the sequence of these essays as a natural or characteristic evolution of feminist thinking over more than a decade would be to give a too tidy account of their emergence. ...

Feminism and the Avant-Garde

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1. The Avant-Garde and Its Imaginary

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pp. 3-30

The new metapsychological approaches to film and cinema can help us to think about the interest of certain recent avant-garde strategies to a feminist filmmaking practice. Any encounter of an avant-garde practice with an avowedly political one is, and has been, historically problematic. ...

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2. The Avant-Garde: Histories and Theories

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pp. 31-38

In the introduction to A History of the American Avant-Garde Cinema,1 one of several scholarly treatments of avant-garde film published in the last three or four years, Marilyn Singer emphasizes that avant-garde film requires both a new criticism and a new way of looking at film. ...

Feminism and Film Theory

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3. "A Certain Refusal of Difference": Feminism and Film Theory

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pp. 41-56

Looking back over ten years of feminist theoretical writing on film, it is possible to pick out one distinct and insistently polemical strain that has had pervasive effects on the ideas and methods of film theory, as well as on feminist filmmaking. While taking film theory on its own terms — semiology, psychoanalysis, textual analysis, ...

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4. Feminism, Film Theory, and the Bachelor Machines

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pp. 57-80

"Bachelor Machine" is the term Marcel Duchamp used to designate the lower part of his "Large Glass: The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even," a term aptly borrowed by Michel Carrouges to name a phenomenon that he describes in Machines Celibataires.1 ...

Feminism and Femininity in Godard

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5. Pornography, Eroticism (on Every Man for Himself)

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pp. 83-92

Near the beginning of Sauve qui pent (la vie), in a scene that has been singled out for accusations of pornography, specifically, pedophilia, "Paul Godard" drops by a sports field to pick up his eleven-year-old daughter, Cécile. He asks the coach, who has just remarked that he has a daughter the same age as Cécile, whether he ever "feels like caressing her tits or fucking her up the ass?" ...

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6. Les Enfants de la Patrie (on France/Tour/Detour/Two Children)

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pp. 93-118

G. Bruno's Le Tour de la France par Deux Enfants was the most widely read and loved of the nineteenth-century "reading books" or primers used in French schools. Madame Alfred Jules Emile Fouilee, writing under the pseudonym "G. Bruno," tells the story of two orphaned boys who travel through every province and major city of France in search of their uncle and citizenship ...

Sexual Difference in Popular Culture

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7. Time Travel, Primal Scene, and the Critical Dystopia (on The Terminator and La Jetée)

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pp. 121-140

If the sure sign of postmodern success is the ability to inspire spin-offs, The Terminator was a prodigy. The film was quickly replicated by Exterminator, Re-animator, Eliminators, The Annihilators, and the hard-core The Sperminator, all sound-alikes if not look-alikes. ...

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8. The Cabinet of Dr. Pee-wee: Consumerism and Sexual Terror

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pp. 141-162

What goes on in Pee-wee's Playhouse? What goes on outside Pee-wee's Playhouse? On the inside we have the hi-tech, low-taste spectacle of sexually ambiguous adults, not exactly pretending to be kids, yet inhabiting this child's fantasy-land with hyperactive glee. ...

Feminism and Pedagogy

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9. Teaching in Your Sleep: Feminism and Psychoanalysis

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pp. 165-184

In his reply Richard Wollheim gives substance to his assertion of the existence of such an unholy alliance by listing several feminist authors and projects that indeed attempt to claim or forge a healthy working relation between feminism and Lacanian psychoanalysis. ...

Notes

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pp. 185-202

Index

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pp. 203-208

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About the Author

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Constance Penley is associate professor of English and film studies at the University of Rochester. She has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the University of Illinois. ...