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Issues in Feminist Film Criticism brings together a wide variety of writings and methodologies by U.S. and British feminist film scholars. The twenty-seven essays represent some of the most influential work on Hollywood film, women's cinema, and documentary filmmaking to appear during the past decade and beyond. Among the subjects treated are images of women on the screen; questions of film realism; the notion of counter-cinema; the concept of "reading against the grain," the use of psychoanalytic theories; concerns over female spectatorship; women's place in specific genres, especially film melodrama; and issues related to the representation of lesbians and women of color. Authors represented are Lucie Arbuthnot, Linda Artel, Pam Cook, Teresa de Lauretis, Mary Ann Doane, Elizabeth Ellsworth, Lucy Fischer, Jane Gaines, Mary C. Gentile, Bette Gordon, Florence Jacobowitz, Claire Johnston, E. Ann Kaplan, Annette Kuhn, Julia Lesage, Judith Mayne, Sonya Michel, Tania Modleski, Laura Mulvey, B. Ruby Rich, Gail Seneca, Kaja Silverman, Lori Spring, Jackie Stacey, Maureen Turim, Diane Waldman, Susan Wengraf, Linda Williams, and Robin Wood.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Part One. Critical Methodology Women and Representation
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Positive Images
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  1. There’s More to a Positive Image Than Meets the Eye
  2. Diane Waldman
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  1. The Place of Woman in the Cinema of Raoul Walsh
  2. Pam Cook, Claire Johnston
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  1. Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema
  2. Laura Mulvey
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  1. Theorizing the Female Spectator
  2. Mary Ann Doane
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  1. Hitchcock, Feminism, and the Patriarchal Unconscious
  2. Tania Modleski
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  1. Women and Representation: Can We Enjoy Alternative Pleasure?
  2. Jane Gaines
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  1. Part Two. Rereading Hollywood Films
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Gentlemen Consume Blondes
  2. Maureen Turim
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  1. Pre-text and Text in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  2. Lucie Arbuthnot, Gail Seneca
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  1. The Case of the Missing Mother: Maternal Issues in Vidor’s Stella Dallas
  2. E. Ann Kaplan
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  1. “Something Else Besides a Mother”: Stella Dallas and the Maternal Melodrama
  2. Linda Williams
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  1. Seduced and Abandoned: Recollection and Romance in Letter from an Unknown Woman
  2. Lucy Fischer
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  1. Illicit Pleasures: Feminist Spectators and Personal Best
  2. Elizabeth Ellsworth
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  1. White Privilege and Looking Relations: Race and Gender in Feminist Film Theory
  2. Jane Gaines
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  1. Part Three. Critical Methodology Feminist Filmmaking
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  1. Introduction
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  1. The Political Aesthetics of the Feminist: Documentary Film
  2. Julia Lesage
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  1. Feminism, Film, and Public History
  2. Sonya Michel
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  1. Textual Politics
  2. Annette Kuhn
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  1. In the Name of Feminist Film Criticism
  2. B. Ruby Rich
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  1. Rethinking Women’s Cinema: Aesthetics and Feminist Theory
  2. Teresa de Lauretis
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  1. Dis-Embodying the Female Voice
  2. Kaja Silverman
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  1. Part Four. Assessing Films Directed by Women
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Images and Women
  2. Robin Wood
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  1. Unspoken and Unsolved: Tell Me a Riddle
  2. Florence Jacobowitz, Lori Spring
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  1. Desperately Seeking Difference
  2. Jackie Stacey
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  1. Female Narration, Women’s Cinema: Helke Sander’s The All-Round Reduced Personality/Redupers
  2. Judith Mayne
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  1. Feminist or Tendentious?
  2. Mary C. Gentile
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  1. Anti-Porn: Soft Issue, Hard World
  2. B. Ruby Rich
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  1. Variety: The Pleasure in Looking
  2. Bette Gordon
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  1. Glossary
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  1. Selected Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253055781
MARC Record
OCLC
1259584360
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-11
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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