Feminist Film Theorists: Laura Mulvey, Kaja Silverman, Teresa de Lauretis, Barbara Creed, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Feminist Film Theorists

Laura Mulvey, Kaja Silverman, Teresa de Lauretis, Barbara Creed, 1st Edition

By Shohini Chaudhuri


160 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Why Mulvey, Silverman, de Lauretis, and Creed?Key Ideas 1. Beginnings 2. The Male Gaze 3. The Female Voice 4. Technologies of Gender 5. Queering Desire 6. The Monstrous-Feminine 7. Masculinity in Crisis. After Mulvey, Silverman, de Lauretis, Creed.Further Reading Works Cited Index

About the Author/Editor

Shohini Chaudhuri is Lecturer in Contemporary Writing and Film at the University of Essex. Her articles have appeared in Screen, Camera Obscura, and Strategies: Journal of Theory, Culture and Politics. She has recently published a book called Contemporary World Cinema: Europe, the Middle East, East Asia and South Asia (2005).

About the Series

Routledge Critical Thinkers

Routledge Critical Thinkers is designed for students who need an accessible introduction to the key figures in contemporary critical thought. The books provide crucial orientation for further study and equip readers to engage with theorists' original texts.

The volumes in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series place each key theorist in his or her historical and intellectual context and explain:

  • why he or she is important
  • what motivated his or her work
  • what his or her key ideas are
  • who and what influenced the thinker
  • who and what the thinker has influenced
  • what to read next and why.

Featuring extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers is the first point of reference for any student wishing to investigate the work of a specific theorist.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies