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“This anthology makes it abundantly transparent that feminist movie feedback is thriving and has built dramatically considering its inception within the early 1970s.” —Journal of Aesthetics and paintings Criticism

Erens brings jointly a wide selection of writings and methodologies by means of U.S. and British feminist movie students. The twenty-seven essays symbolize probably the most influential paintings on Hollywood movie, women's cinema, and documentary filmmaking to seem in the past decade and beyond.

Contributors contain Lucie Arbuthnot, Linda Artel, Pam prepare dinner, 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 wealthy, Gail Seneca, Kaja Silverman, Lori Spring, Jackie Stacey, Maureen Turim, Diane Waldman, Susan Wengraf, Linda Williams, and Robin Wood.

Contents:
Introduction
Patricia Erens

I. serious technique: girls and Representation

Introduction
Positive Images
Screening Women’s Films
Linda Artel and Susan Wengraf
There’s extra to a good picture Than Meets the Eye
Diane Waldman
The position of girls within the Cinema of Raoul Walsh
Pam prepare dinner and Claire Johnston
Visual excitement and Narrative Cinema
Laura Mulvey
Film and the Masquerade
Theorizing the feminine Spectator
Mary Ann Doane
Hitchock, Feminism, and the Patriarchal Unconscious
Tania Modleski
Women and Respresentation
Can We take pleasure in substitute Pleasure?
Jane Gaines

II. Rereading Hollywood Films

Introduction
Gentlemen devour Blondes
Maureen Turim
Pre-text and textual content in gents favor Blondes
Lucie Arbuthnot and Gail Seneca
The Case of the lacking Mother
Maternal concerns in Vidor’s Stella Dallas
E. Ann Kaplan
“Something Else along with a Mother”
Stella Dallas and the Maternal Melodrama
Linda Williams
Seduced and Abandoned
Recollection and Romance in Letter from an Unkown Woman
Lucy Fischer
Illicit Pleasures
Feminist Spectators and private Best
Elizabeth Ellsworth
White Privilege and searching Relations
Race and Gender in Feminist movie Theory
Jane Gaines

III. serious technique: Feminist Filmmaking

Introduction
The Political Aesthetics of the Feminist Documentary Film
Julia Lesage
Feminism, movie, and Public History
Sonya Michel
Textual Politics
Annette Kuhn
In the identify of Feminist movie Criticism
B. Ruby Rich
Rethinking Women’s Cinema Aesthetics and Feminist Theory
Teresa de Lauretis
Dis-Embodying the feminine Voice
Kaja Silverman

IV. Assessing motion pictures Directed by means of Women

Introduction
Images and Women
Robin Wood
Unspoken and Unsolved inform Me a Riddle
Florence Jacobowitz and Lori Spring
Desperately looking Difference
Jackie Stacey
Female Narration, Women’s Cinema
Helke Sander’s The All-Round diminished Personality/Redupers
Judith Mayne
Feminist or Tendentious?
Marleen Gorris’s a question of Silence
Mary C. Gentile
Anti-Porn
Soft factor, difficult World
B. Ruby Rich
Variety
The excitement in Looking
Bette Gordon

Glossary
Selected Bibliography
Index

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