"This anthology makes it abundantly clear that feminist film criticism is flourishing and has developed dramatically since its inception in the early 1970s." -- Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
Erens brings together a wide variety of writings and methodologies by U.S. and British feminist film scholars. The twenty-seven essays represent some of the most influential work on Hollywood film, women's cinema, and documentary filmmaking to appear during the past decade and beyond.
Contributors include Lucie Arbuthnot, Linda Artel, Pam Cook, Teresa de Lauretis, Mary Ann Doane, Elizabeth Ellsworth, Lucy Fischer, Jane Gaines, Mary C. Gentile, Bette Gordon, Florence Jacobowitz, Claire Johnston, E. Ann Kaplan, Annette Kuhn, Julia Lesage, Judith Mayne, Sonya Michel, Tania Modleski, Laura Mulvey, B. Ruby Rich, Gail Seneca, Kaja Silverman, Lori Spring, Jackie Stacey, Maureen Turim, Diane Waldman, Susan Wengraf, Linda Williams, and Robin Wood.
Acknowledgments Introduction Patricia Erens I. Critical Methodology: Women and Representation Introduction Positive Images Screening WomenOs Films Linda Artel and Susan Wengraf ThereOs More to a Positive Image Than Meets the Eye Diane Waldman The Place of Women in the Cinema of Raoul Walsh Pam Cook and Claire Johnston Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema Laura Mulvey Film and the Masquerade Theorizing the Female Spectator Mary Ann Doane Hitchock, Feminism, and the Patriarchal Unconscious Tania Modleski Women and Respresentation Can We Enjoy Alternative Pleasure? Jane Gaines II. Rereading Hollywood Films Introduction Gentlemen Consume Blondes Maureen Turim Pre-text and Text in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Lucie Arbuthnot and Gail Seneca The Case of the Missing Mother Maternal Issues in VidorOs Stella Dallas E. Ann Kaplan oSomething Else Besides a MotherO Stella Dallas and the Maternal Melodrama Linda Williams Seduced and Abandoned Recollection and Romance in Letter from an Unkown Woman Lucy Fischer Illicit Pleasures Feminist Spectators and Personal Best Elizabeth Ellsworth White Privilege and Looking Relations Race and Gender in Feminist Film Theory Jane Gaines III. Critical Methodology: Feminist Filmmaking Introduction The Political Aesthetics of the Feminist Documentary Film Julia Lesage Feminism, Film, and Public History Sonya Michel Textual Politics Annette Kuhn In the Name of Feminist Film Criticism B. Ruby Rich Rethinking WomenOs Cinema Aesthetics and Feminist Theory Teresa de Lauretis Dis-Embodying the Female Voice Kaja Silverman IV. Assessing Films Directed by Women Introduction Images and Women Robin Wood Unspoken and Unsolved Tell Me a Riddle Florence Jacobowitz and Lori Spring Desperately Seeking Difference Jackie Stacey Female Narration, WomenOs Cinema Helke SanderOs The All-Round Reduced Personality/Redupers Judith Mayne Feminist or Tendentious? Marleen GorrisOs A Question of Silence Mary C. Gentile Anti-Porn Soft Issue, Hard World B. Ruby Rich Variety The Pleasure in Looking Bette Gordon Glossary Selected Bibliography Index