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Femmes Fatales

Author: Mary Ann Doane
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136639047
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A major work of feminist film criticism examining questions of sexual difference, the female body and the female spectator through a discussion of such figures as Pabst's Lulu and Rita Hayworth's Gilda.

Displaced Allegories

Author: Negar Mottahedeh
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822381192
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Following the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Iran’s film industry, in conforming to the Islamic Republic’s system of modesty, had to ensure that women on-screen were veiled from the view of men. This prevented Iranian filmmakers from making use of the desiring gaze, a staple cinematic system of looking. In Displaced Allegories Negar Mottahedeh shows that post-Revolutionary Iranian filmmakers were forced to create a new visual language for conveying meaning to audiences. She argues that the Iranian film industry found creative ground not in the negation of government regulations but in the camera’s adoption of the modest, averted gaze. In the process, the filmic techniques and cinematic technologies were gendered as feminine and the national cinema was produced as a woman’s cinema. Mottahedeh asserts that, in response to the prohibitions against the desiring look, a new narrative cinema emerged as the displaced allegory of the constraints on the post-Revolutionary Iranian film industry. Allegorical commentary was not developed in the explicit content of cinematic narratives but through formal innovations. Offering close readings of the work of the nationally popular and internationally renowned Iranian auteurs Bahram Bayza’i, Abbas Kiarostami, and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Mottahedeh illuminates the formal codes and conventions of post-Revolutionary Iranian films. She insists that such analyses of cinema’s visual codes and conventions are crucial to the study of international film. As Mottahedeh points out, the discipline of film studies has traditionally seen film as a medium that communicates globally because of its dependence on a (Hollywood) visual language assumed to be universal and legible across national boundaries. Displaced Allegories demonstrates that visual language is not necessarily universal; it is sometimes deeply informed by national culture and politics.

Women Film Directors

Author: Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313289729
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Features the history and work of the most important women in the world of fictional narrative filmmaking--authoritative, historical, international.

The Contemporary Femme Fatale

Author: Katherine Farrimond
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317208188
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The femme fatale occupies a precarious yet highly visible space in contemporary cinema. From sci-fi alien women to teenage bad girls, filmmakers continue to draw on the notion of the sexy deadly woman in ways which traverse boundaries of genre and narrative. This book charts the articulations of the femme fatale in American cinema of the past twenty years, and contends that, despite her problematic relationship with feminism, she offers a vital means for reading the connections between mainstream cinema and representations of female agency. The films discussed raise questions about the limits and potential of positioning women who meet highly normative standards of beauty as powerful icons of female agency. They point towards the constant shifting between patriarchal appropriation and feminist recuperation that inevitably accompanies such representations within mainstream media contexts.

Feminist Film Studies

Author: Janet McCabe
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231503008
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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.

Schriften Ber Liebe Und Sexualit T

Author: Sigmund Freud
ISBN: 9783596104413
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Die Aufsätze dieses Bandes dokumentieren Freuds lebenslange Auseinandersetzung mit den einst in den Drei Abhandlungen dargelegten Auffassungen über Liebe und Sexualität. Anhand neuen klinischen Materials hat er sie immer wieder in fundamentaler Weise in Frage gestellt, unermüdlich revidiert und korrigiert. Um nur drei dieser Neuerungsbereiche zu erwähnen - erst allmählich konnte er die auf den ersten Blick abenteuerlich anmutenden Sexualtheorien der Kinder entdecken; zeitgemäße eigene Voreingenommenheit hinderte ihn lange daran, die Besonderheiten der weiblichen Sexualentwicklung ins Auge zu fassen und seine Vorstellung von der Frau als penislosem Mängelwesen zu relativieren; mehr und mehr sah er sich veranlaßt, biologische und kulturtheoretische Überlegungen einzubeziehen, um die Tatsache des verbreiteten Unglücks in den menschlichen Sexual- und Liebesbeziehungen verstehbar zu machen. Was Freud in den verschiedenen Aufsätzen dieses Bandes jeweils ganz neu formulierte -, trug er in einem permanenten Werkdialog in die nachfolgenden Auflagen der Drei Abhandlungen ein.

Chinese Women S Cinema

Author: Lingzhen Wang
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231527446
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The first of its kind in English, this collection explores 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 Asian, women's, film, 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. Chinese Women's Cinema is 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, altogether 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, such that power and knowledge are reexamined among and across cultures and nation-states.

Good Girls Wicked Witches

Author: Amy M. Davis
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0861969014
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An in-depth view of the way popular female stereotypes were reflected in—and were shaped by—the portrayal of women in Disney’s animated features. In Good Girls and Wicked Witches, Amy M. Davis re-examines the notion that Disney heroines are rewarded for passivity. Davis proceeds from the assumption that, in their representations of femininity, Disney films both reflected and helped shape the attitudes of the wider society, both at the time of their first release and subsequently. Analyzing the construction of (mainly human) female characters in the animated films of the Walt Disney Studio between 1937 and 2001, she attempts to establish the extent to which these characterizations were shaped by wider popular stereotypes. Davis argues that it is within the most constructed of all moving images of the female form—the heroine of the animated film—that the most telling aspects of Woman as the subject of Hollywood iconography and cultural ideas of American womanhood are to be found. “A fascinating compilation of essays in which [Davis] examined the way Disney has treated female characters throughout its history.” —PopMatters