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Cinema and Spectatorship : Sightlines - Judith Mayne

Cinema and Spectatorship


Paperback Published: 22nd April 1993
ISBN: 9780415034166
Number Of Pages: 200

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"Cinema and Spectatorship" is the first book to focus on the history and role of the spectator in contemporary film studies. Judith Mayne examines how spectatorship emerged in the 1970s as one of the major preoccupations of film theorists, particularly in relation to theories of the subject drawn from psychoanalysis and semiotics. She suggests that while 1970s film theory insisted on the separation between the cinematic subject and actual film viewers, interest in spectatorship has been characterized by a very real friction between "subjects" and "viewers." She evaluates challenges to and revisions of 1970s theory, from feminist analyses of female spectatorship to historical explorations of how the film-spectator relationship is shaped by particular cultural factors.
In the first section Mayne examines three theoretical models of spectatorship: the perceptual, the institutional, and the historical. The second section presents case studies which focus on textual analysis, the "disrupting genre," "star-gazing," and finally the audience itself. Specific topics include the place of the spectator in "The" "Picture of Dorian Gray"; the construction of Bette Davis's star persona; fantasies of race and film viewing in "Field of Dreams" and "Ghost"; and gay and lesbian audiences as "critical" audiences. "Cinema and Spectatorship" provides a thoruogh and accessible overview of this complex, fragmented, and often controversial area of film theory.

Theories Of Spectatorship
The Subject of Spectatorship
Spectatorship as Institution
Spectatorrship Reconsidered
Paradoxes of Spectatorship
Readings Of Spectatorship
Textual Analysis and Portraits of Spectatorship
White Spectatorship and Genre-Mixing
The Critical Audience Works Cited
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ISBN: 9780415034166
ISBN-10: 0415034167
Series: Sightlines
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 22nd April 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.88 x 15.75  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1

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