Conversations with Pauline Kael

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 199 pages
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Conversations with Pauline Kael brings together roughly half of Kael's published interviews along with a lively debate between Kael and Jean-Luc Godard. Collectively, the interviews provide rewarding perspectives on Kael's aesthetics, her politics, and her perceptions about what it is she does as a critic. They also contain discussions of films that Kael did not have the chance to review or that were released after her retirement in 1991.

This collection of her interviews will provide new and renewed pleasures for readers who have valued Kael's critical voice and her challenges to consensus during the second half of the twentieth century.

  

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Contents

Perils of Pauline Newsweek
3
Raising Kael Hollis Alpert
9
Pauline Kael Talks About Violence Sex Eroticism and Women
31
Pauline Kael on the New Hollywood Pat Aufderheide
41
The Critics Critic Sheila Benson
50
Pauline Kael Kristine McKenna
75
She Lose It at the Movies? 5am Staggs
91
Kael on Mediocrity Risk and American
99
Meeting of Two American Film Heavies
105
The Pearls of Pauline Mark Feeney
122
Pauline Kaels Last Picture Show Allen Barra
133
The Critic Wore Cowboy Boots
140
Kael Talks HalEspen
161
Four Stars for the Counterculture Evelyn Renold
177
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About the author (1996)

Will Brantley, a professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University, is the author of Feminine Sense in Southern Memoir and the editor of Conversations with Pauline Kael, both published by the University Press of Mississippi.

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