1st Edition

Cinema and Spectatorship

By Judith Mayne Copyright 1993
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    Cinema and Spectatorship is the first book to focus entirely on the history and role of the spectator in contemporary film studies. While 1970s film theory insisted on a distinction betweeen the cinematic subject and film-goers, Judith Mayne suggests that a very real friction between "subjects" and "viewers" is in fact central to the study of spectatorship.
    In the book's first section Mayne examines three theoretical models of spectatorship: the perceptual, the institutional and the historical, while the second section focuses on case studies which crystallize many of the issues already discussed, concentrating on textual analysis, the `disrupting genre', `star-gazing' and finally the audience itself. Case studies incude the place of the spectator in the textual analysis of individual films such as The Picture of Dorian Gray; the construction of Bette Davis' star persona; fantasies of race and film viewing in Field of Dreams and Ghost; and gay and lesbian audiences as "critical" audiences. The book provides a very thorough and accessible overview of this complex, fragmented and often controversial area of film theory.

    Introduction PART ONE: THEORIES OF SPECTATORSHIP 1. The Subject of Spectatorship 2. Spectatorship as Institution 3. Spectatorrship Reconsidered 4. Paradoxes of Spectatorship PART TWO: READINGS OF SPECTATORSHIP 5. Textual Analysis and Portraits of Spectatorship 6. Star-Gazin 7. White Spectatorship and Genre-Mixing 8. The Critical Audience Works Cited


    Judith Mayne