Women's Pictures: Feminism and Cinema

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Verso, 1994 - Performing Arts - 285 pages
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This pioneering and influential work of feminist theory has been extensively updated by the author to chart the changes in feminist film theory and practice between the eighties and the nineties. Readers, whether engaged in the making of films, the study of them, or simply the pleasure of viewing them, will appreciate the way in which the author discusses and demystifies the current methods of analysis, including semiotic and psychoanalytical approaches.

The films used as points of discussion are drawn from both mainstream and alternative cinema, institutions which are themselves examined in relation to their production, distribution and exhibition practices

The thesis proposed by Annette Kuhn is an exciting one: namely, that feminism and cinema, taken together, could provide the basis for new forms of expression, providing the opportunity for a truly feminist alternative cinema in terms of film language, of reading that language and of representing the world.

  

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excellent discussion of films up to the early 1990's Read full review

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User Review  - Greta - Goodreads

The version i read was the 2nd ed published London, New York : Verso, 1992. Explains a lot of the technical jargon of feminist and psychoanalytical criticism and talks about movements and trends in studies of women' films. More readable and useful than most in this area. A basic book. Read full review

Contents

Dominant Cinema
19
Textual Gratification
42
Feminism and Film Theory
65
Trouble in the Text
82
The Body in the Machine
106
Feminism and Film Practice
125
Textual Politics
151
The Production of Meaning and the Meaning of Production
172
Postscript
191
Three Case Studies
207
Film Details
252
Index
275
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About the author (1994)

Annette Kuhn's books include Alien Zone: Cultural Theory and Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema; Cinema, Censorship and Sexuality; The Power of the Image: Essays on Representation and Sexuality; and Women's Pictures: Feminism and Cinema. She is lecturer in Film and Television Studies at Glasgow University.

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