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In the 1990s, Marilyn Agee developed one of the most well-known amateur evangelical websites focused on the “End Times”, The Bible Prophecy Corner. Around the same time, Lambert Dolphin, a retired Stanford physicist, started the website Lamberts Library to discuss with others online how to experience the divine. While Marilyn and Lambert did not initially correspond directly, they have shared several correspondents in common. Even as early as 1999 it was clear that they were members of the same online network of Christians, a virtual church built around those who embraced a common ideology.

Digital Jesus documents how such like-minded individuals created a large web of religious communication on the Internet, in essence developing a new type of new religious movement--one without a central leader or institution. Based on over a decade of interaction with figures both large and small within this community, Robert Glenn Howard offers the first sustained ethnographic account of the movement as well as a realistic and pragmatic view of how new communication technologies can both empower and disempower the individuals who use them. By tracing the groups origins back to the email lists and “Usenet” groups of the 1980s up to the online forums of today, Digital Jesus also serves as a succinct history of the development of online group communications.

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Beginning with an essay by Sharon Smith from the first issue of the American journal Women and Film in 1972, this anthology brings together key and classic essays that chart a history of feminist debates about culture, representation, and identity within the context of the film media. Edited by Thornham (media and cultural studies, U. of Sunderland), contributors include bell hooks, Molly Haskell, Claire Johnston & B. Ruby Rich; and topics range from oppressive images to the cinematic pleasures of black women.
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"Feminist Film Theory . . .collects many of the most important contributions to feminist debates about film on both sides of the Atlantic into a well-organized anthology . . ."-Resources for Feminist ResearchFor the past twenty-five years, cinema has been a vital terrain on which feminist debates about culture, representation, and identity have been fought. This anthology charts the history of those debates, bringing together the key, classic essays in feminist film theory. Feminist Film Theory maps the impact of major theoretical developments on this growing field-from structuralism and psychoanalysis in the 1970s, to post-colonial theory, queer theory, and postmodernism in the 1990s.Covering a wide range of topics, including oppressive images, "woman"as fetishized object of desire, female spectatorship, and the cinematic pleasures of black women and lesbian women, Feminist Film Theory is an indispensable reference for scholars and students in the field.Contributors include Judith Butler, Carol J. Clover, Barbara Creed, Michelle Citron, Mary Ann Doane, Teresa De Lauretis, Jane Gaines, Christine Gledhill, Molly Haskell, bell hooks, Claire Johnston, Annette Kuhn, Julia Lesage, Judith Mayne, Tania Modleski, Laura Mulvey, B. Ruby Rich, Kaja Silverman, Sharon Smith, Jackie Stacey, Janet Staiger, Anna Marie Taylor, Valerie Walkerdine, and Linda Williams.

Synopsis:

For the past twenty-five years, cinema has been a vital terrain on which feminist debates about culture, representation, and identity have been fought. This anthology charts the history of those debates, bringing together the key, classic essays in feminist film theory. Feminist Film Theory maps the impact of major theoretical developments on this growing field-from structuralism and psychoanalysis in the 1970s, to post-colonial theory, queer theory, and postmodernism in the 1990s.

Covering a wide range of topics, including oppressive images, "woman" as fetishized object of desire, female spectatorship, and the cinematic pleasures of black women and lesbian women, Feminist Film Theory is an indispensable reference for scholars and students in the field.

Contributors include Judith Butler, Carol J. Clover, Barbara Creed, Michelle Citron, Mary Ann Doane, Teresa De Lauretis, Jane Gaines, Christine Gledhill, Molly Haskell, bell hooks, Claire Johnston, Annette Kuhn, Julia Lesage, Judith Mayne, Tania Modleski, Laura Mulvey, B. Ruby Rich, Kaja Silverman, Sharon Smith, Jackie Stacey, Janet Staiger, Anna Marie Taylor, Valerie Walkerdine, and Linda Williams.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [350]-351) and index.

About the Author

Sue Thornham is Professor and Head of Media and Communication Studies at the University of Sunderland.

Table of Contents

  1. Image of women in film: some suggestions for future research /Sharon Smith
  2. Woman's film /Molly Haskell
  3. Women's cinema as counter-cinema /Claire Johnston
  4. Crisis of naming in feminist film criticism /B. Ruby Rich
  5. Visual pleasure and narrative cinema /Laura Mulvey
  6. Caught and Rebecca: the inscription of femininity as absence /Mary Ann Doane
  7. Oedipus interruptus /Teresa de Laurentis
  8. Lost objects and mistaken subjects /Kaja Silverman
  9. Women and film: a discussion of feminist aesthetics /Michelle Citron ... et al. --Afterthoughts on "Visual pleasure and narrative cinema" inspired by King Vidor's Duel in the sun (1946) /Laura Mulvey
  10. Film and the masquerade: theorising the female spectator /Mary Ann Doane
  11. Women's genres: melodrama, soap opera and theory / Annette Kuhn
  12. Pleasurable negotiations /Christine Gledhill
  13. Video replay: families, films and fantasy /Valerie Walkerdine
  14. Feminine fascinations: forms of identification in star-audience relations /Jackie Stacey
  15. Taboos and totems: cultural meanings of the Silence of the lambs /Janet Staiger
  16. Her body, himself: gender in the slasher film /Carol J. Clover
  17. Horror and the monstrous-feminine: an imaginary abjection /Barbara Creed
  18. Film bodies: gender, genre and excess /Linda Williams
  19. White privilege and looking relations: race and gender in feminist film theory /Jane Gaines
  20. Oppositional gaze: black female spectators /bell hooks
  21. Cinema and the dark continent: race and gender in popular film /Tania Modleski
  22. Gender is burning: questions of appropriation and subversion /Judith Butler.

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Alex Lloyd, April 2, 2007 (view all comments by Alex Lloyd)
In "Feminist Film Theory - A Reader", editor Sue Thornham presents 22 different "takes" on feminist film theory, each examining a specific aspect of, or perspective on, the genre of criticism. Some of these theses contradict each other, and such a babel of different voices could have torpedoed the work were it not for Thornham's stated intention to examine the impact of feminist film critique on different fields (e.g. deconstructionism, post-modernity, etc.).

The style is very readable and well-sourced, although at times a little heavy on original research (sadly, uniformity of academic quality is more or less impossible where so many different writers are brought together). As it stands, "Feminist Film Theory - A Reader" would come highly recommended were it not for its presentation. UOC Press have not done Thornham's work justice, presenting it in terms of cover, layout, and blurb as a light, fluffy, "girl power" piece of pop feminism - the piece deserves far more serious treatment as an academic text, and one can only hope that future editions correct this misguided marketing decision.

The verdict: A comprehensive and scholarly collection of essays on the subject of feminist film critique, marred only by bizarre presentational choices on the part of the publisher.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780814782446
Editor:
Thornham, Sue
Publisher:
New York University Press
Editor:
Thornham, Sue
Author:
Thornham, Sue
Author:
Howard, Robert
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Women in motion pictures
Subject:
Feminism and motion pictures
Subject:
Feminist film criticism.
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
FILM THEORY AND CRITICISM
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Feminist Studies-General
Subject:
Fundamentalism
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19990431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
361
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , "Feminist Film Theory . . .collects many of the most important contributions to feminist debates about film on both sides of the Atlantic into a well-organized anthology . . ."-Resources for Feminist ResearchFor the past twenty-five years, cinema has been a vital terrain on which feminist debates about culture, representation, and identity have been fought. This anthology charts the history of those debates, bringing together the key, classic essays in feminist film theory. Feminist Film Theory maps the impact of major theoretical developments on this growing field-from structuralism and psychoanalysis in the 1970s, to post-colonial theory, queer theory, and postmodernism in the 1990s.Covering a wide range of topics, including oppressive images, "woman"as fetishized object of desire, female spectatorship, and the cinematic pleasures of black women and lesbian women, Feminist Film Theory is an indispensable reference for scholars and students in the field.Contributors include Judith Butler, Carol J. Clover, Barbara Creed, Michelle Citron, Mary Ann Doane, Teresa De Lauretis, Jane Gaines, Christine Gledhill, Molly Haskell, bell hooks, Claire Johnston, Annette Kuhn, Julia Lesage, Judith Mayne, Tania Modleski, Laura Mulvey, B. Ruby Rich, Kaja Silverman, Sharon Smith, Jackie Stacey, Janet Staiger, Anna Marie Taylor, Valerie Walkerdine, and Linda Williams.
"Synopsis" by , For the past twenty-five years, cinema has been a vital terrain on which feminist debates about culture, representation, and identity have been fought. This anthology charts the history of those debates, bringing together the key, classic essays in feminist film theory. Feminist Film Theory maps the impact of major theoretical developments on this growing field-from structuralism and psychoanalysis in the 1970s, to post-colonial theory, queer theory, and postmodernism in the 1990s.

Covering a wide range of topics, including oppressive images, "woman" as fetishized object of desire, female spectatorship, and the cinematic pleasures of black women and lesbian women, Feminist Film Theory is an indispensable reference for scholars and students in the field.

Contributors include Judith Butler, Carol J. Clover, Barbara Creed, Michelle Citron, Mary Ann Doane, Teresa De Lauretis, Jane Gaines, Christine Gledhill, Molly Haskell, bell hooks, Claire Johnston, Annette Kuhn, Julia Lesage, Judith Mayne, Tania Modleski, Laura Mulvey, B. Ruby Rich, Kaja Silverman, Sharon Smith, Jackie Stacey, Janet Staiger, Anna Marie Taylor, Valerie Walkerdine, and Linda Williams.

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