Situating the Feminist Gaze and Spectatorship in Postwar Cinema

Situating the Feminist Gaze and Spectatorship in Postwar Cinema

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Marcelline Blocka€™s Situating the Feminist Gaze and Spectatorship in Postwar Cinema breaks new ground in exploring feminist film theory. It is a wide-ranging collection (re)visiting important theoretical questions as well as offering close analyses of films produced in the United States, France, England, Belgium, and Russia. This anthology investigates exciting areas of research for critical inquiry into film and gender studies as well as feminist, queer, and postfeminist theories, and treats film texts from Marguerite Duras to 21st century horror films; from AgnAus Vardaa€™s 2007 installation at the PanthAcon to the post-Soviet Russian filmmakers Aleksei Balabanov and Valerii Todorovskii; from Quentin Tarantinoa€™s Death Proof to Sofia Coppolaa€™s postfeminist trilogy; from Chantal Akermana€™s a€œtranshistorical, transgressive and transgendered gazea€ to the a€œquantum gazea€ in Steven Spielberga€™s Jurassic Park; from Hitchcocka€™s a€œgood-looking blondesa€ to the career-woman-in-peril thriller, among others. According to the semiotician Marshall Blonsky of the New School University in New York, a€œgiven the breadth of the editora€™s choices, this volume makes a splendid contribution to feminist and cinematic fields, as well as cultural and media studies, postmodernism, and postfeminism. It lends readers a€˜new eyesa€™ to view canonical and other film texts.a€ David Sterritt, chairman of the National Society of Film Critics, states that this anthology a€œshould be required reading for students and scholars, among other readers interested in the interaction of cinema with contemporary culture.a€ Situating the Feminist Gaze and Spectatorship is prefaced by Jean-Michel RabatAca€™s brilliant essay, a€œMulvey was the Firsta€ba€In their essay a€œa#39;There is No Unauthorized Breeding in Jurassic Parka#39;: Gender and the Uses of Genetics, a€ (2000) Laura Briggs and ... examine Jurassic Park (1990 and 1993) and Gattaca (1997) as cultural depictions of the public debate about genetics at the ... Briggs and Kelber-Kaye see these films as representative of essential and conservative antifeminist stances that inform ... Yet questions of genes and genetics are primarily about reproduction, a subject that traditionally has beenanbsp;...

Title:Situating the Feminist Gaze and Spectatorship in Postwar Cinema
Author: Marcelline Block
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing - 2009-01-14

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