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Feminist film theory : a reader
Thornham, Sue.
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New York : New York University Press, 1999.
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vi, 361 pages ; 26 cm
Image of women in film: some suggestions for future research / Woman's film / Women's cinema as counter-cinema / Crisis of naming in feminist film criticism / Visual pleasure and narrative cinema / Caught and Rebecca: the inscription of femininity as absence / Oedipus interruptus / Lost objects and mistaken subjects / Women and film: a discussion of feminist aesthetics / Afterthoughts on "Visual pleasure and narrative cinema" inspired by King Vidor's Duel in the sun (1946) / Film and the masquerade: theorising the female spectator / Women's genres: melodrama, soap opera and theory / Annette Kuhn -- Pleasurable negotiations / Video replay: families, films and fantasy / Feminine fascinations: forms of identification in star-audience relations / Taboos and totems: cultural meanings of the Silence of the lambs / Her body, himself: gender in the slasher film / Horror and the monstrous-feminine: an imaginary abjection / Film bodies: gender, genre and excess / White privilege and looking relations: race and gender in feminist film theory / Oppositional gaze: black female spectators / Cinema and the dark continent: race and gender in popular film / Gender is burning: questions of appropriation and subversion
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For the past twenty-five years, cinema has been a vital terrain on which feminist debates about culture, representation, and identity have been fought. This anthology charts the history of those debates, bringing together the key, classic essays in feminist film theory. Feminist Film Theory maps the impact of major theoretical developments on this growing field-from structuralism and psychoanalysis in the 1970s, to post-colonial theory, queer theory, and postmodernism in the 1990s.

Covering a wide range of topics, including oppressive images, "woman" as fetishized object of desire, female spectatorship, and the cinematic pleasures of black women and lesbian women, Feminist Film Theory is an indispensable reference for scholars and students in the field.

Contributors include Judith Butler, Carol J. Clover, Barbara Creed, Michelle Citron, Mary Ann Doane, Teresa De Lauretis, Jane Gaines, Christine Gledhill, Molly Haskell, bell hooks, Claire Johnston, Annette Kuhn, Julia Lesage, Judith Mayne, Tania Modleski, Laura Mulvey, B. Ruby Rich, Kaja Silverman, Sharon Smith, Jackie Stacey, Janet Staiger, Anna Marie Taylor, Valerie Walkerdine, and Linda Williams.

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The most important thing to say about Thornham's book is that it is one of the best edited collections of essays this reviewer has seen. Moving in roughly chronological order, Thornham includes selections from all the branches of feminist film criticism and by most of the important scholars in the field. The editor has chosen carefully, and the reader will take pleasure in revisiting the works of Jonhston, Mulvey, Doane, de Lauretis, Kuhn, Gledhill, Staiger, Modleski, hooks, and Butler, among others. Thornham introduces each section with an admirable summary of the historical context of each new movement. This collection will be widely circulated and used in countless classrooms over the coming years, as well it should be. All levels. W. A. Vincent; Michigan State University