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In the Realm of Pleasure: Von Sternberg, Dietrich, and the Masochistic Aesthetic

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Publisher Comments:

In a major revision of feminist-psychoanalytic theories of film pleasure and sexual difference, Studlar's close textual analysis of the six Paramount films directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Marlene Dietrich probes the source of their visual and psychological complexity. Borrowing from Gilles Deleuze's psychoanalytic-literary approach, Studlar shows how masochism extends beyond the clinical realm, into the arena of artistic form, language, and production of pleasure. The author's examination of the von Sternberg/Dietrich collaborations shows how these films, with the mother figure embodied in the alluring yet androgynous Dietrich, offer a key for understanding film's "masochistic aesthetic." Studlar argues that masochism's broader significance to film study lies in the similarities between the structures of perversion and those of the cinematic apparatus, as a dream screen reviving archaic visual pleasures for both male and female spectators.

Book News Annotation:

Originally published by University of Illinois Press in 1988. Reprinted here unaugmented.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In the Realm of Pleasure: Von Sternberg, Dietrich, and the Masochistic Aesthetic offers a radical countertheory to Freudian and Lacanian approaches to film and the issue of sexual difference.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [195]-241) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231082334
Author:
Studlar, Gaylyn
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Women in motion pictures
Subject:
Von sternberg, josef, 1894-1969
Subject:
Feminism and motion pictures
Subject:
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Subject:
Psychoanalysis and motion pictures.
Subject:
Masochism in motion pictures.
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Motion pictures -- Psychological aspects.
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Columbia University Press Morningside ed.
Series Volume:
793
Publication Date:
19930231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
247
Dimensions:
8.99x6.05x.61 in. .94 lbs.

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