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:
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.
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
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:
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.