Feminism and Documentary

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Diane Waldman, Janet Walker
U of Minnesota Press, 1999 - Social Science - 365 pages
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Documentary and feminist film studies have long been separate or parallel universes that need to converse or collide. The essays in this volume, written by prominent scholars and filmmakers, demonstrate the challenges that feminist perspectives pose for documentary theory, history, and practice. They also show how fuller attention to documentary enriches and complicates feminist theory, especially regarding the relationship between gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, class, and nation. Feminism and Documentary begins with a substantial historical introduction that highlights several of the specific areas that contributors address: debates over realism, the relationship between filmmaker and subject, historical thinking about documentary and thinking about the historical documentary, biography and autobiography, and the use of psychoanalysis. Other essays, most of which appear here for the first time, range from broad overviews to close analyses of particular films and videos and from discussions of well-known works such as Roger and Me and Don't Look Back to lesser known texts that might revise the canon. The collection includes an extensive filmography and videography with useful distribution information and a bibliography of work in this neglected area of scholarship. Lucid, sophisticated, and eye-opening, this book will galvanize documentary studies and demonstrate the need for women's and cultural studies to grapple with visual media. what cu.

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The editors of this collection of essays believe that documentary studies could benefit by looking at feminist film theory because they share many common areas of concern. For example, one issue in ... Read full review


part I
Flahertys Midwives Patricia R Zimmermann
Documentary and SelfRepresentation
CrossCultural Filmmaking Japanese Style
Return Transference and the Constructedness of Experience
Notes on Documentary and Materiality
On Silence and Other Disruptions Deborah Lefkowitz
Autobiographical Film Video
Womens Fragmented Consciousness in Feminist Experimental

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