- Subject index
Written by a team of veteran scholars and emerging talents, The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies maps the international traditions of the field, drawing out regional differences in the way that intellectual reflection on cinema and film has been transformed into a field of systematic inquiry. It reflects on the field's conceptual infrastructure, the dominant paradigms and debates, and evaluates their continuing salience. Finally, it looks optimistically to the future of film, the institution of cinema, and the discipline of Film Studies at a time when the very existence of film is being called into question by new technological, industrial, and aesthetic developments.
Chapter 25: Feminist Perspectives in Film Studies
Feminist Perspectives in Film Studies
Feminist Film Studies emerged from the dialogue between the women's movement and progressive film theory in the early 1970s. It is tempting to cast this as an encounter between the pleasures of cinephilia and the politics of feminism, but more accurate to point to the tensions and contradictions between pleasure and politics within film theory as well as within feminist thinking at that time. In the 1970s and 1980s, feminism contained a spectrum of views on sexuality, ranging from sexual libertarianism to radical separatism. In everyday feminist debate, the critique of female objectification often lapsed from political analysis into puritan outrage. At the same time, progressive Film Studies was turning from the pleasures of cinephilia towards ...