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The Routledge Companion to Cinema & Gender

ISBN 9781138391840
Published September 17, 2018 by Routledge
512 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender comprises forty-three innovative essays that offer both an overview of and an intervention into the field of cinema and gender.

The contributions in this volume address a variety of geographical and cultural contexts through an analysis of cinema, from the representation of women and Islam in Middle Eastern film, and female audience reception in Nigeria, to changing class and race norms in Bollywood dance sequences. The book includes a special focus on women directors in a global context, examining films and filmmakers from Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and North and South America.

Alongside a comprehensive overview of feminist perspectives on genre, this collection also offers discussion on a range of approaches to spectatorship, reception studies, and fandom, as well as transnational approaches to star studies and the relationship between feminist film theory and new media. Other topics include queer and trans* cinema, ecocinema, the post-human, and the methodological dimensions of feminist film history.

This Routledge Companion provides researchers, students, and scholars with an essential guide to the key political, cultural, and theoretical debates surrounding cinema and gender.

Table of Contents

List of Figures


List of Contributors


Kristin Lené Hole, Dijana Jelača, E. Ann Kaplan, Patrice Petro

Part I



Chapter 1

Classical Feminist Film Theory: Then and (Mostly) Now

Patrice Petro

Chapter 2

Postcolonial and Transnational Approaches to Film and Feminism

Sandra Ponzanesi

Chapter 3

Feminist Forms of Address: Mai Zetterling’s Loving Couples

Lucy Fischer

Chapter 4

Sound and Gender

Kathleen Vernon

Chapter 5

Gender in Transit: Framing the Cinema of Migration

Sumita Chakravarty

Chapter 6

"No place for sissies": Gender, Age and Disability in Hollywood

Sally Chivers

Chapter 7

Chinese Socialist Women’s Cinema: An Alternative Feminist Practice

Lingzhen Wang

Chapter 8

Gender, Socialism and European Film Cultures

Anikó Imre

Chapter 9

Queer or LGBTQ+: On the Question of Inclusivity in Queer Cinema Studies

Amy Borden


Part II



Chapter 10

Contested Masculinities: The Action Film, the War Film, and the Western

Yvonne Tasker

Chapter 11

The Rise and Fall of the Girly Film: From the Woman’s Picture to the New Woman’s Film, the Chick Flick and the Smart-Chick Film

Hilary Radner

Chapter 12

Moving Past the Trauma: Feminist Criticism and Transformations of the Slasher Genre Anthony Hayt

Chapter 13

Slapstick Comediennes in Silent Cinema: Women’s Laughter and the Feminist Politics of Gender in Motion

Margaret Hennefeld

Chapter 14

Feminist Porn: The Politics of Producing Pleasure

Constance Penley, Celine Parreñas Shimizu, Mireille Miller-Young, and Tristan Taormino

Chapter 15

The Postmodern Story of the Femme Fatale

Julie Grossman

Chapter 16

The Documentary: Female Subjectivity and the Problem of Realism

Belinda Smaill

Chapter 17

Experimental Women Filmmakers

Maureen Turim

Chapter 18

Transnational Stardom

Russell Meeuf

Part III



Chapter 19

Feminist and Non-Western Interrogations of Film Authorship

Priya Jaikumar

Chapter 20

Pink Material: White Womanhood and the Colonial Imaginary in World Cinema Authorship Patricia White

Chapter 21

Women, Islam and Cinema: Gender Politics and Representation in Middle Eastern Films and Beyond

Eylem Atakav

Chapter 22

African 'First Films':  Gendered Authorship, Identity, and Discursive Resistance

Anne Ciecko

Chapter 23

Black Women Filmmakers

Jacqueline Bobo

Chapter 24

Fair and Lovely: Class, Gender, and Colorism in Bollywood Song Sequences

Tejaswini Ganti

Chapter 25

What Was "Women’s Work" in the Silent Film Era?

Jane Gaines

Chapter 26

Female Editors in Studio-Era Hollywood: Rethinking Feminist Frontiers and the Constraints of the Archive

J.E. Smyth

Chapter 27

Film Activism and Transformative Praxis: Women Make Movies

Debra Zimmerman

Part IV



Chapter 28

Psychoanalysis Outside and Beyond the Gaze

Claire Pajaczkowska

Chapter 29

Embodying Spectatorship: From Phenomenology to Sensation

Jenny Chamarette

Chapter 30

Deleuzian Spectatorship

Felicity Colman

Chapter 31

Film Reception Studies and Feminism

Janet Staiger

Chapter 32

Nollywood, Female Audience, and the Negotiating of Pleasure

Ikechukwu Obiaya

Chapter 33

Gender and Fandom: From Spectators to Social Audiences

Katherine E. Morrissey

Chapter 34

Classical Hollywood and Modernity: Gender, Style, Aesthetics

Veronica Pravadelli

Chapter 35

Lesbian Cinema Post-Feminism: Ageism, Difference, and Desire

Rachel Lewis


Part V



Chapter 36

Revolting Aesthetics: Feminist Transnational Cinema in the US

Katarzyna Marciniak

Chapter 37

Towards Trans Cinema

Eliza Steinbock

Chapter 38

Visualizing Climate Trauma: The Cultural Work of Films Anticipating the


E. Ann Kaplan

Chapter 39

Eco-Cinema and Gender

Alexa Weik von Mossner

Chapter 40

Cinema, Animal Studies and the Post/Non-Human

Jennifer Lynn Peterson

Chapter 41

Class/Ornament: Cinema, New Media, Labor-Power and Performativity

Erica Levin

Chapter 42

Film Feminism, Post-Cinema and the Affective Turn

Dijana Jelača

Chapter 43

Fantasy Echoes and the Future Anterior of Cinema and Gender

Kristin Lené Hole  





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Kristin Lené Hole is an Assistant Professor in the School of Film at Portland State University, USA. She is the author of Towards a Feminist Cinematic Ethics: Claire Denis, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jean-Luc Nancy (2016) and co-author (with Dijana Jelaca) of Film Feminisms: A Global Introduction (2019).

Dijana Jelaca teaches in the Film Department at Brooklyn College, USA. She is the author of Dislocated Screen Memory: Narrating Trauma in Post-Yugoslav Cinema (2016) and co-author (with Kristin Lené Hole) of Film Feminisms: A Global Introduction (2019).

E. Ann Kaplan is Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University, USA, where she also founded and directed The Humanities Institute. She is Past President of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Kaplan’s pioneering research on women in film includes Women in Film: Both Sides of the Camera, Motherhood and Representation, Looking for the Other, and Feminism and Film. Her recent research focuses on trauma: see Trauma and Cinema (2004) with Ban Wang; Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature (2005); and Climate Trauma: Foreseeing the Future in Dystopian Film and Fiction (2015).

Patrice Petro is Dick Wolf Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center, Professor of Film and Media Studies, and Presidential Chair in Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. She is the author, editor, and co-editor of twelve books, most recently Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s (2010), Teaching Film (2012), and After Capitalism: Horizons of Finance, Culture, and Citizenship (2016).