A Woman Who--: Essays, Interviews, Scripts

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JHU Press, 1999 - Performing Arts - 437 pages
Yvonne Rainer is one of the most important feminist, avant-garde filmmakers working today. She began her career as a dancer and choreographer, and was one of the founders of hte Judson Dance Theater. Since the mid-1970s, however, she has worked almost entirely in film and here works in that medium have been the subject of more than a dozen retrospectives, the most recent of which was at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. She has been honored with honorary degrees from art schools and with fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations.

Her works have unblinkingly explored such issues as menopause, breast cancer, lesbianism, sexual dissatisfaction, a nd political violence against women. Increasingly, they have moved beyond the festiva circuit to premiere in art theaters in the United States as well as overseas. Her most recent feature-length film, Murder and Murder (the script of which is included in this volume), opened in New York last month.

 

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Contents

Judith Mayne Theory Speaks
18
The Mind is a Muscle
27
Interview by Lyn Blumenthal
47
Looking Myself in the Mouth
85
Letter to Arlene Croce
98
Letters to Judith Mayne
107
Skirting
120
The Avantgarde Humpty Dumpty
126
Some Ruminations Around Cinematic Antidotes to the Oedipal Nettles While Playing With de Lauraedipus Mulvey or He May Be OffScreen
214
Eating Words Voicing Struggles
224
Interview by Kurt Easterwood Laura Poitras and Susanne Fairfax
230
Interview by Scott MacDonald
244
Interview by Thyrza Nichols Goodeve
257
Odds and Ends
276
The Horses Mouth
283
Privilege
285

A Likely Story
137
Beginning With Some Advertisements For Criticisms
165
Noel Carroll Interview with a Woman
169
More Kicking and Screaming from the Narrative FrontBackwater
207
MURDER and murder
352
Filmography
425
Selected Bibliography
427
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