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Feminist Film Theorists : Laura Mulvey, Kaja Silverman, Teresa de Lauretis, Barbara Creed : The Routledge Critical Thinkers - Shohini Chaudhuri

Feminist Film Theorists : Laura Mulvey, Kaja Silverman, Teresa de Lauretis, Barbara Creed

The Routledge Critical Thinkers

Paperback Published: 24th August 2006
ISBN: 9780415324335
Number Of Pages: 148

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Focusing on the ground-breaking work of Laura Mulvey, Kaja Silverman, Teresa de Lauretis and Barbara Creed, this book explores how, since it began in the 1970s, feminist film theory has revolutionized the way that films and their spectators can be understood.


Examining the new and distinctive approaches of each of these thinkers, this book provides the most detailed account so far of their ideas.


It illuminates the six key concepts and demonstrates their value as tools for film analysis:


  • the male gaze

  • the female voice

  • technologies of gender

  • queering desire

  • the monstrous-feminine

  • masculinity in crisis.


Testing their ideas with a number of other examples from contemporary cinema and TV, Shohini Chaudhuri shows how these four thinkers construct their theories through their reading of films.


An excellent study companion for all students of film theory and women's studies.

Series editor's prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Why Mulvey, Silverman, De Lauretis, and Creed?p. 1
Influencesp. 3
This bookp. 11
Key Ideasp. 13
Beginningsp. 15
The eternal femininep. 16
Psychoanalysis and feminismp. 18
The tools of film theoryp. 21
The male gazep. 31
Sexual politicsp. 31
Lust of the eyesp. 34
The female spectatorp. 39
The female voicep. 45
Female confessionsp. 50
Fantasies of the maternal voicep. 53
The 'homosexual-maternal fantasmatic'p. 56
Female authorshipp. 58
Technologies of gender Beyond the paradox of womanp. 62
The technology of sexp. 64
The technology of genderp. 66
Rethinking women's cinemap. 68
Desire in narrativep. 70
Queering desirep. 75
Film and the visiblep. 78
Sexual indifferencep. 80
Lesbian fetishismp. 84
The monstrous-femininep. 91
The abjectp. 92
The archaic motherp. 95
Medusa's headp. 99
The deadly femme castratricep. 100
Crisis TVp. 102
Masculinity in crisisp. 105
The dominant fictionp. 107
Historical traumap. 110
The screen and the gazep. 113
Male masochismp. 116
After Mulvey, Silverman, De Lauretis, and Creedp. 121
Further Readingp. 129
Works citedp. 135
Indexp. 143
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ISBN: 9780415324335
ISBN-10: 0415324335
Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 148
Published: 24th August 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.66 x 12.95  x 0.91
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1