The Desire to Desire

The Desire to Desire : The Woman's Film of the 1940s

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"Brilliantly argued and lucidly written...the definitive psychoanalytic account of the repression of woman in Hollywood cinema." -Tania Modleski "...complex and challenging..." -The Women"s Review of Books "...magnificently ambitious...some of the most original and intelligent essays in film theory today." -Journal of Modern Literature "...deeply commited to the psychoanalytic approach..." -Contemporary Sociology The Desire to Desire traces the way in which female spectatorship is specified primarily by its lapses or failures, arguing that the women's film simultaneously asserts and denies female desire, attributing to the woman only an impossible gaze.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 417.3g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 75 b&w photos
  • 025320433X
  • 9780253204332
  • 1,079,902

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The Desire to Desire is the definitive psychoanalytic account of the repression of woman in Hollywood cinema.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments 1 The Desire to Desire 2 Clinical Eyes: The Medical Discourse 3 The Moving Image: Pathos and the Maternal 4 The Love Story 5 Paranoia and the Specular 6 Female Spectatorship and Machines of Projection: Caught and Rebecca 7 The Shadow of Her Gaze Notes Bibliography Index
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