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"This anthology makes it abundantly clear that feminist film criticism is flourishing and has developed dramatically since its inception in the early 1970s." --Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

Erens brings together a wide variety of writings and methodologies by U.S. and British feminist film scholars. The twenty-seven essays represent some of the most influential work on Hollywood film, women's cinema, and documentary filmmaking to appear during the past decade and beyond.

Contributors include Lucie Arbuthnot, Linda Artel, Pam Cook, Teresa de Lauretis, Mary Ann Doane, Elizabeth Ellsworth, Lucy Fischer, Jane Gaines, Mary C. Gentile, Bette Gordon, Florence Jacobowitz, Claire Johnston, E. Ann Kaplan, Annette Kuhn, Julia Lesage, Judith Mayne, Sonya Michel, Tania Modleski, Laura Mulvey, B. Ruby Rich, Gail Seneca, Kaja Silverman, Lori Spring, Jackie Stacey, Maureen Turim, Diane Waldman, Susan Wengraf, Linda Williams, and Robin Wood.

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Twenty-seven previously published essays by US and British feminist film scholars on Hollywood film, women's cinema, and documentary filmmaking. The collection is structured as a series of debates in four sections--critical methodology: women and representation; rereading Hollywood films; critical methodology: feminist filmmaking; and assessing films directed by women.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 425-438) and index.

Table of Contents



Patricia Erens

I. Critical Methodology: Women and Representation


Positive Images

Screening Women's Films

Linda Artel and Susan Wengraf

There's More to a Positive Image Than Meets the Eye

Diane Waldman

The Place of Women in the Cinema of Raoul Walsh

Pam Cook and Claire Johnston

Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema

Laura Mulvey

Film and the Masquerade

Theorizing the Female Spectator

Mary Ann Doane

Hitchock, Feminism, and the Patriarchal Unconscious

Tania Modleski

Women and Respresentation

Can We Enjoy Alternative Pleasure?

Jane Gaines

II. Rereading Hollywood Films


Gentlemen Consume Blondes

Maureen Turim

Pre-text and Text in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Lucie Arbuthnot and Gail Seneca

The Case of the Missing Mother

Maternal Issues in Vidor's Stella Dallas

E. Ann Kaplan

"Something Else Besides a Mother"

Stella Dallas and the Maternal Melodrama

Linda Williams

Seduced and Abandoned

Recollection and Romance in Letter from an Unkown Woman

Lucy Fischer

Illicit Pleasures

Feminist Spectators and Personal Best

Elizabeth Ellsworth

White Privilege and Looking Relations

Race and Gender in Feminist Film Theory

Jane Gaines

III. Critical Methodology: Feminist Filmmaking


The Political Aesthetics of the Feminist Documentary Film

Julia Lesage

Feminism, Film, and Public History

Sonya Michel

Textual Politics

Annette Kuhn

In the Name of Feminist Film Criticism

B. Ruby Rich

Rethinking Women's Cinema Aesthetics and Feminist Theory

Teresa de Lauretis

Dis-Embodying the Female Voice

Kaja Silverman

IV. Assessing Films Directed by Women


Images and Women

Robin Wood

Unspoken and Unsolved Tell Me a Riddle

Florence Jacobowitz and Lori Spring

Desperately Seeking Difference

Jackie Stacey

Female Narration, Women's Cinema

Helke Sander's The All-Round Reduced Personality/Redupers

Judith Mayne

Feminist or Tendentious?

Marleen Gorris's A Question of Silence

Mary C. Gentile


Soft Issue, Hard World

B. Ruby Rich


The Pleasure in Looking

Bette Gordon


Selected Bibliography


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Erens, Patricia
Indiana University Press
Erens, Patricia
Erens, Patricia
Bloomington, IN
Film - General
Performing arts
Women in motion pictures
Feminist criticism
Feminism and motion pictures
Feminist film criticism.
Film & Video - General
Film and Television-Reference
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