Synopses & Reviews
Writer and filmmaker Laura Mulvey is widely regarded as one of the most challenging and incisive contemporary feminist cultural theorists. Part of the 1970s generation of British film theorists and independent filmmakers, she came to prominence with her classic work on the pleasures, and displeasures, of narrative cinema, Visual and Other Pleasures. This new collection contains her most recent writings, ranging from analyses of Xala, Citizen Kane, and Blue Velvet to an extended engagement with the work of the American Indian artist Jimmie Durham and the feminist photographer Cindy Sherman.
This collection contains a collection of Laura Mulvey's writing, ranging from analyses of Xala, Citizen Kane, and Blue Velvet to an extended engagement with the work of the American Indian artist Jimmie Durham and the feminist photographer Cindy Sherman.
About the Author
Laura Mulvey, Director of MA in Cinema and Television Studies, British Film Institute/Birkbeck College, London, is the author of Visual and Other Pleasures and the BFI Film Classic Citizen Kane.
Table of Contents
Part One: What Price Hollywood?
Chapter 1: Americanitis: European Intellectuals and Hollywood Melodrama
Chapter 2: Social Hieroglyphics: Reflections on Two Films by Douglas Sirk
Chapter 3: Close-ups and Commodities
Part Two Dialectics of Division
Chapter 4: Pandora's Box: Topographies of Curiosity
Chapter 5: Cosmetics and Abjection: Cindy Sherman 1977-87
Chapter 6: The Hole and the Zero: Godard's Visions of Femininity
Part Three Dollar-Book Freud
Chapter 7: From Log Cabin to Xanadu: Psychoanalysis and History in CITIZEN KANE
Chapter 8: The Carapace that Failed: Ousmane Sembene's XALA
Chapter 9: Netherworlds and the Unconscious: Oedipus and BLUE VELVET
Postscript: Changing Objects, Preserving Time