Feminist theory has been at the cutting edge of critical analysis for over two decades. Feminism and Film is the first book to apply such a broad range of feminist theory to film analysis. Chapter 1 introduces the key terms and debates in a historical survey of contemporary feminist theory, feminist aesthetics and fil theory from teh 1970s. with a special focus on the work of Laura Mulvey, Annette Kuhn, E. Ann Kaplan and bell hooks.
Feminism and Film goes on to examine the key questions posed by feminism, including: Feminist theories about pornography and the gaze in reference to Penthouse, Klute and Variety: feminist ideas about reproduction and the work of Douglas, Kristeva, Lichtenberg-Ettinger and Klein on masculine fears of the mothering body appled to Cronenberg's Dead Ringers: the exciting new work in feminist theory about autobiography and authoriship applied to Gorris's A Question of Silence and Broken Mirrors: theories of postmodernism and a reading of Virginia Woolf's and Sally Potter's Orland(s) as supremely postmodern paraodies of history and gender identity: the new aesthetics of Black feminism in the writings of Walker, Lorde and Christian and a study of Dash's Daughters of the Dust: a survey of feminist independent film practice from 1970 to 1990 with a case study of the `person is political'. This book will interest students and scholars in women's studies, film studies, cultural studies, media studies, art and media practice, as well as all those interested in women's represeentation in cinema.show more