Technologies of Gender: Essays on Theory, Film, and Fiction

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Indiana University Press, Jan 1, 1987 - Literary Criticism - 151 pages
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"Technologies of Gender builds a bridge between the fashionable orthodoxies of academic theory (Lacan, Foucault, Derrida, et al.) and the frequently-marginalized contributions of feminist theory.... In sum, de Lauretis has written a book that should be required reading for every feminist in need of theoretical ammunition—and for every theorist in need of feminist enlightenment." —B. Ruby Rich

"... sets philosophical ideas humming.... she has much to say." —Cineaste

"I can think of no other work that pushes the debate on the female subject forward with such passion and intellectual rigor." —SubStance

This book addresses the question of gender in poststructuralist theoretical discourse, postmodern fiction, and women’s cinema. It examines the construction of gender both as representation and as self-representation in relation to several kinds of texts and argues that feminism is producing a radical rewriting, as well as a rereading, of the dominant forms of Western culture.

  

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Contents

Considerations on Representation and Gender
31
Gramsci Notwithstanding or The Left Hand
84
Narrative Cinema Feminist Poetics
107

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About the author (1987)

Teresa de Lauretis is a professor of the history of consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of "Alice Doesn't: Feminism, Semiotics, Cinema "and other books. Patricia White, an associate professor and chair of film and media studies at Swarthmore College, is the author of "Uninvited: Classical Holywood Cinema" and "Lesbian Representability.

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