Holding My Own in No Man's Land : Women and Men and Film and Feminists
In Holding My Own in No Man's Land, a series of pieces written in the twenty years since the publication of From Reverence to Rape, Haskell once again explores the relationship between women and men, and between the movies and those who watch them. Haskell remains a controversial figure in both feminist and film circles, accused of "uncritically celebrating heterosexual romance" - a charge to which Haskell cheerfully pleads guilty. Holding My Own in No Man's Land challenges the conventional feminist wisdom that the classic films of the Thirties, Forties, and Fifties were made by a male-dominated industry which reduced women to objects of the "male gaze." Instead, she says that women were better served by the notoriously tyrannical studio system than they are in the "newer, freer, hipper Hollywood of the present." Holding My Own in No Man's Land ranges from interviews with Hollywood legends such as Gloria Swanson and John Wayne, to celebrations of the comic verve of Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett, to ruminations on literary figures such as Truman Capote and his Holly Golightly, and Jane Austen's Emma.
- Hardback | 207 pages
- 152.4 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 453.59g
- 31 Jan 1997
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
About Molly Haskell
About the Author: Molly Haskell is a leading American film critic and freelance author. She has been the staff critic for The Village Voice, New York Magazine, and Vogue. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Psychology Today, Esquire, and Ms., among other places.