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Tracy Cox-Stanton <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 6 Nov 2004 19:48:09 -0500
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I often use Annette Kuhn's _Women's Pictures_.  It offers really lucid
summaries of many feminist theories and even has a glossary.
Unfortunately, it's out of print (the last time I checked) but it's
available used online or in libraries.

Tracy Cox-Stanton
Kalamazoo College

Nina Martin Dr wrote:

>I think Sue Thornham's work for Routledge--The Feminist Film Theory Reader
>accompanied by her Passionate Detachments book--allow students a way into
>contemporary feminist film issues by analyzing certain well known texts (in the
>Reader) and providing cogent analysis of those texts (in Passionate
>Detachments).  The books work well together, and I used them for a feminist
>film course for non-film academics.  The work is sophisticated, but not
>Dr. Nina K. Martin
>Dept. of Film Studies
>Emory University
>Quoting [log in to unmask]:
>>i write again with a question that i first asked two or three years back,
>>dealing with a matter i need to address again
>>some of my students in a first year writing course which takes cinema
>>as its topic [but it's an expos course, not a cinema studies course] are
>>intrigued by feminist criticism and want to do research papers on some
>>aspect of that large and complex area . . .  there's obviously no shortage
>>of  materials to be found, and they've successfully located a lot of very
>>interesting stuff, almost all of which is virtually unintelligible
>>to them  . . .  these are kids who know almost nothing about freud or
>>marx,  and have never even heard of foucault, lacan, althusser, zizek,
>>raymond williams, john berger, or laura mulvey . . . such terms as
>>"diegesis," "simulacrum," "apparatus," "repression," "iconicity,"
>>"representation," "subject position" and "the gaze" are a foreign
>>language  . . .
>>these are smart and ambitious students, and welcome the challenge
>>of reading difficult stuff, but it has to be stuff that they have the
>>tools to decipher . . . and most of the stuff we ourselves read every
>>day --stuff that may often challenge us--is simply beyond them
>>there is work that fits the bill -- i think especially of that by molly
>>haskell and marjorie rosen -- but it's pretty dated now, and in fact
>>one of the reasons that it remains so readable is that it antedates the
>>more intensely theoretical turns that cinema studies in general, and
>>feminist theory in particular, took after the 1970s . . . because it's now
>>so old i'm hesitant to recommend it -- and in any case it does not
>>deal with any of the films my students care about
>>so . . . to get to the point . . . can anyone recommend essays or books
>>dealing with feminist approaches to cinema that i might in good
>>conscience ask my students to read and expect them to understand
>>many thank
>>Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
>>University of Alabama:
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