Feminist Auteurs

Feminist Auteurs Author Geetha Ramanathan
ISBN-10 190476469X
Release 2006-01-01
Pages 239
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Feminist Auteurs examines a rich and diverse body of work that has received insufficient attention both in film studies and in feminist theory on film. Looking at individual films within the context of feminist film as a genre, Ramanathan examines film from diverse cultural traditions, while paying close attention to what might be regarded as feminist in different cultural contexts. The films chosen expand our ideas of feminism covering as they do film from Africa, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the US. Full-length interpretations of twenty-four films, both older and contemporary, including Vagabond, India Song, Bhaji on the Beach, Chocolat, and Daughters of the Dust lay out a complete and powerful framework for reading women's film.

Chinese Women s Cinema

Chinese Women s Cinema Author Lingzhen Wang
ISBN-10 9780231527446
Release 2011-08-16
Pages 384
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The first of its kind in English, this collection covers twenty one well established and lesser known female filmmakers from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora. Sixteen scholars illuminate these filmmakers' negotiations of local and global politics, cinematic representation, and issues of gender and sexuality, covering works from the 1920s to the present. Writing from the disciplines of film, Asian, women's, and auteur studies, contributors reclaim the work of Esther Eng, Tang Shu Shuen, Dong Kena, and Sylvia Chang, among others who have transformed Chinese cinematic modernity. This collection creates a unique transcultural, interdisciplinary conversation on authorship, feminist cinema, transnational gender, and cinematic agency and representation. Lingzhen Wang's comprehensive introduction recounts the history and limitations of established feminist film theory, particularly its relationship with female cinematic authorship and agency. She also reviews critiques of classical feminist film theory, along with recent developments in feminist practice, ultimately remapping feminist film discourse within transnational and interdisciplinary contexts. Wang's subsequent redefinition of women's cinema and brief history of women's cinematic practices in modern China encourage the reader to reposition gender and cinema within a transnational feminist configuration, especially in such a way that power and knowledge are reexamined among and across cultures and nation-states.

The Critical Practice of Film

The Critical Practice of Film Author Elspeth Kydd
ISBN-10 9780230345270
Release 2011-08-17
Pages 336
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The Critical Practice of Film introduces film studies and production through the integration of criticism, theory and practice. Its approach is that of critical practice, a process that explores the integration and intersection between the critical analysis of films and the practical aspects of filmmaking. In other words, this book is both an introduction to the ways in which we watch films, as well as an introduction to how films are created − the more you know about how films are made, the more you can appreciate the artistry involved in a film. Author Elspeth kydd combines explorations of basic technical and aesthetic principles with extended analyses drawn from both classic and contemporary Hollywood and other world cinemas, including Battleship Potemkin (1927), Un Chien andalou (1929), Stagecoach (1939), Mildred Pierce (1945), Notorious (1946), Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Breathless (1959), Memories of Underdevelopment (1968), Star Wars (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), The Matrix (1999), Amores Perros (2000), Gosford Park (2001) and The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–3). Also included is a range of exercises designed to stimulate critical and analytical thought and help to demystify the process of creative mediamaking. Assignments range in scale from simple storyboarding and narrative development exercises that may be explored with minimal technology, to more complex video projects that can be adapted to suit varying levels of technical skill. The Critical Practice of Film provides an accessible introduction to the theory and practice of film studies, integrating creative practice with critical and theoretical engagement to guide students towards an engaged form of creative expression and an active role as reviewer and critic. Beautifully presented, this ground-breaking text offers all students an integrated understanding of film criticism and production. Elspeth kydd is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and Video Production at the University of the West of England. She has taught, researched and published in film and television studies for nearly twenty years, as well as being an active documentary videomaker. This book developed from teaching integrated theory-practice film courses at universities in the US and UK.

Feminist Film Studies

Feminist Film Studies Author Karen Hollinger
ISBN-10 9780415575263
Release 2012
Pages 306
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Feminist Film Studies is a readable, yet comprehensive textbook for introductory classes in feminist film theory and criticism. Karen Hollinger provides an accessible overview of women’s representation and involvement in film, complemented by analyses of key texts that illustrate major topics in the field. Key areas include: a brief history of the development of feminist film theory the theorization of the male gaze and the female spectator women in genre films and literary adaptations the female biopic feminism and avant-garde and documentary film women as auteurs lesbian representation women in Third Cinema. Each chapter includes a "Films in Focus" section, which analyzes key texts related to the chapter’s major topic, including examples from classical Hollywood, world cinema, and the contemporary period. This book provides students in both film and gender/women’s studies with a clear introduction to the field of feminist film theory and criticism.

Feminist Film Studies

Feminist Film Studies Author Janet McCabe
ISBN-10 9780231503006
Release 2012-08-07
Pages 144
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An introduction to feminist film theory as a discourse from the early seventies to the present. McCabe traces the broad ranging theories produced by feminist film scholarship, from formalist readings and psychoanalytical approaches to debates initiated by cultural studies, race and queer theory.

A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema

A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema Author Jennifer M. Bean
ISBN-10 0822329999
Release 2002-11-21
Pages 584
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The first anthology in a rapidly expanding area of cinema studies.

Feminist Film Theory and Cl o from 5 to 7

Feminist Film Theory and Cl    o from 5 to 7 Author Hilary Neroni
ISBN-10 9781501313714
Release 2016-01-28
Pages 192
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The Film Theory in Practice series fills a gaping hole in the world of film theory. By marrying the explanation of a film theory with the interpretation of a film, the volumes provide discrete examples of how film theory can serve as the basis for textual analysis. Feminist Film Theory and Cléo from 5 to 7 offers a concise introduction to feminist film theory in jargon-free language and shows how this theory can be deployed to interpret Agnes Varda's critically acclaimed 1962 film Cléo from 5 to 7. Hilary Neroni employs the methodology of looking for a feminist alternative among female-oriented films. Through three key concepts-identification, framing the woman's body, and the female auteur-Neroni lays bare the debates and approaches within the vibrant history of feminist film theory, providing a point of entry to feminist film theory from its inception to today. Picking up one of the currents in feminist film theory - that of looking for feminist alternatives among female-oriented films - Neroni traces feminist responses to the contradictions inherent in most representations of women in film, and she details how their responses have intervened in changing what we see on the screen.

There She Goes

There She Goes Author Corinn Columpar
ISBN-10 0814333907
Release 2009
Pages 227
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Examines the exchanges within and through feminist film culture to expand critical horizons in film scholarship.

Redirecting the Gaze

Redirecting the Gaze Author Diana Maury Robin
ISBN-10 0791439933
Release 1999
Pages 377
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Examines the work and aspirations of women filmmakers in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, as well as in marginalized communities within the United States, with particular attention to issues of gender, race, nation, and aesthetics.

Feminism Film Fascism

Feminism  Film  Fascism Author Susan E. Linville
ISBN-10 9780292778139
Release 2010-01-01
Pages 208
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German society's inability and/or refusal to come to terms with its Nazi past has been analyzed in many cultural works, including the well-known books Society without the Father and The Inability to Mourn. In this pathfinding study, Susan Linville challenges the accepted wisdom of these books by focusing on a cultural realm in which mourning for the Nazi past and opposing the patriarchal and authoritarian nature of postwar German culture are central concerns—namely, women's feminist auto/biographical films of the 1970s and 1980s. After a broad survey of feminist theory, Linville analyzes five important films that reflect back on the Third Reich through the experiences of women of different ages—Marianne Rosenbaum's Peppermint Peace, Helma Sanders-Brahms's Germany, Pale Mother, Jutta Brückner's Hunger Years, Margarethe von Trotta's Marianne and Juliane, and Jeanine Meerapfel's Malou. By juxtaposing these films with the accepted theories on German culture, Linville offers a fresh appraisal not only of the films' importance but especially of their challenge to misogynist interpretations of the German failure to grieve for the horrors of its Nazi past.

The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies

The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies Author James Donald
ISBN-10 9781446206829
Release 2008-04-16
Pages 536
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Written by a team of veteran scholars and exciting emerging talents, The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies maps the field internationally, drawing out regional differences in the way that systematic intellectual reflection on cinema and film has been translated into an academic discipline. It examines the conversations between Film Studies and its contributory disciplines that not only defined a new field of discourse but also modified existing scholarly traditions. It reflects on the field's dominant paradigms and debates and evaluates their continuing salience. Finally, it looks forward optimistically to the future of the medium of film, the institution of cinema and the discipline of Film Studies at a time when the very existence of film and cinema are being called into question by new technological, industrial and aesthetic developments.

Muffled Voices

Muffled Voices Author Lakshmi Subramanyam
ISBN-10 8124108706
Release 2002-01
Pages 272
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Contributed articles.

Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette Author Antonia Fraser
ISBN-10 9783641031701
Release 2009-10-02
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Das Schicksal der legendären letzten Königin von Frankreich Die Grande Dame der englischen Biographen-Zunft, Lady Antonia Fraser, schildert das Leben der letzten Monarchin von Frankreich: Vom jungen Mädchen, das sich fern der österreichischen Heimat am Versailler Hof zurechtfinden muss, bis zur angefeindeten Königin, die schließlich vor den Augen eines aufgehetzten Volkes guillotiniert wird. Einfühlsam, aber ohne jede Sentimentalität beschreibt Fraser das Schicksal dieser Frau und entwirft gleichzeitig das lebendige und anschauliche Portrait eines Landes an einem historischen Wendepunkt. Sofia Coppolas neuester Kinofilm „Marie Antoinette“ basiert auf Antonia Frasers Buch. Der Film startet Anfang November 2006 in den deutschen Kinos. Als die Kaiserin von Österreich, die mächtige Maria Theresia, sich im April des Jahres 1770 von ihrer Tochter Antoine verabschiedete, gab sie ihr folgende Worte mit auf den Weg: "Lebewohl, mein liebstes Kind, eine große Entfernung wird uns trennen ... Tue den Franzosen so viel Gutes, daß sie sagen können, ich hätte ihnen einen Engel gesandt." Danach brach sie in Tränen aus. Antoine, die als Marie Antoinette in die Geschichte einging, gibt bis heute Anlass zu erhitzten Diskussionen. Während die einen in ihr die „reine méchante“, die bösartige Königin, sehen, die mit ihrem extravaganten Lebensstil die französische Monarchie geradezu in den Abgrund stürzte, sehen andere in ihr ein Opfer frauenfeindlicher Agitation und Geschichtsschreibung. Antonia Fraser zeichnet das Leben dieser außergewöhnlichen Frau nach. Sie schildert die Kindheit Marie Antoinettes am Habsburgischen Hof, die Rolle des jungen Mädchens als Figur auf dem politischen Schachbrett ihrer Mutter, die problematische Ehe mit dem französischen Dauphin, dem die Jagd wichtiger war, als mit seiner jungen Ehefrau einen Thronfolger zu zeugen. Anschaulich beschreibt Fraser das ausschweifende Leben der Königin am Hof von Versailles, ihren Einfluss als Mäzenin auf die Kunst ihrer Zeit, die Anschuldigungen und Angriffe gegen die „Österreicherin“ und schließlich ihre Hinrichtung während der Französischen Revolution mitten in Paris im Jahre 1793.

Cinema and Desire

Cinema and Desire Author Jinhua Dai
ISBN-10 1859847439
Release 2002
Pages 280
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Dai Jinhua is one of contemporary China's most influential cultural critics. This book presents a selection of her writings, with topics including Orientalism and the relationship between Mao Zedong and consumerism.

Germaine Dulac

Germaine Dulac Author Tami Williams
ISBN-10 9780252096365
Release 2014-06-15
Pages 296
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Best known for directing the Impressionist classic The Smiling Madame Beudet and the first Surrealist film The Seashell and the Clergyman, Germaine Dulac, feminist and pioneer of 1920s French avant-garde cinema, made close to thirty fiction films as well as numerous documentaries and newsreels. Through her filmmaking, writing, and cine-club activism, Dulac’s passionate defense of the cinema as a lyrical art and social practice had a major influence on twentieth century film history and theory. In Germaine Dulac: A Cinema of Sensations, Tami Williams makes unprecedented use of the filmmaker's personal papers, production files, and archival film prints to produce the first full-length historical study and critical biography of Dulac. Williams's analysis explores the artistic and sociopolitical currents that shaped Dulac's approach to cinema while interrogating the ground breaking techniques and strategies she used to critique conservative notions of gender and sexuality. Moving beyond the director’s work of the 1920s, Williams examines Dulac's largely ignored 1930s documentaries and newsreels establishing clear links with the more experimental impressionist and abstract works of her early period. This vivid portrait will be of interest to general readers, as well as to scholars of cinema and visual culture, performance, French history, women’s studies, queer cinema, in addition to studies of narrative avant-garde, experimental, and documentary film history and theory.


Tampa Author Alissa Nutting
ISBN-10 9783455812510
Release 2014-01-04
Pages 288
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Ihr einziger Antrieb ist die Lust, die Lust auf vierzehnjährige Jungs. Celeste ist Ende zwanzig und tritt ihre neue Stelle als Lehrerin an einer Junior High School in Tampa, Florida, mit einer einzigen Absicht an: Sie wird einen ihrer Schüler verführen. Sie selbst hat panische Angst davor zu altern - alle erwachsenen Körper schrecken sie ab, Teenager dagegen wirken auf sie wie ein Jugendelixier. Als ihr Blick fällt auf den naiven und zurückhaltenden Jack Patrick fällt, erkennt sie in ihm das perfekte Opfer. Ohne moralische Bedenken manipuliert sie den Jungen, der seine schöne Lehrerin bewundert und sich von ihrer Aufmerksamkeit geschmeichelt fühlt. Doch ihre Gier ist unersättlich und irgendwann geht Celeste zu weit. In ihrem Debüt erzählt Alissa Nutting den Tabubruch radikal aus der Perspektive ihrer gefühlskalten, psychopathischen Protagonistin. Tampa ist eine moderne Antwort auf Nabokovs Lolita und erinnert an American Psycho, wenn Alissa Nutting unserer Gesellschaft gnadenlos den Spiegel vorhält und dabei alle Tabus bricht.


Heimsuchungen Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
ISBN-10 9783104017846
Release 2012-04-05
Pages 304
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Zwölf Stories der jungen nigerianischen Bestsellerautorin Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Nigeria – Nordamerika: Zwei Welten, getrennt durch eine scheinbar unüberwindbare Kluft. Die nigerianische Heimat schwebt zwischen Tradition und Moderne, wird bedroht von Gewalt und Korruption. In Amerika hingegen hält das Leben nicht, was es verspricht. An den Rändern beider Kulturen werden die prekären Bande zwischen Kindern und Eltern, die verborgenen Vibrationen zwischen Männern und Frauen aufgespürt: Die Liebe wird in der Distanz auf die Probe gestellt und das Sich-Wiederfinden ist schwieriger als erwartet. In der Familie schleichen sich Spannungen ein, wenn der Strudel des Lebens ihre Mitglieder mitreißt. Diese sinnlichen und gleichsam klaren Einblicke in die Wirren des nigerianischen, in erster Linie aber des menschlichen Lebens überhaupt, machen diese Geschichten nicht nur zu Erzählungen einer außergewöhnlichen jungen afrikanischen Stimme, sondern zu ganz großer Literatur. »Chimamanda Adichie ist eine neue Autorin, die mit der Gabe der alten Geschichtenerzähler gesegnet ist.« Chinua Achebe