A collegue of mine is publishing a book in the near future called Dread
of Difference. This will be a collection of essays on horror and
gender. I believe that it will be published by the University of Texas
Press, within the next year.
On Thu, 18 Jan 1996, Mike Frank wrote:
> I hope I'm not being obnoxious but . . .
> I just sent a bibliographical query related to the issue of gender
> construction in movies (and the media), only to realize after sedning it that
> the word "gender" might not appear in the label line [is that what it's
> called??] on people's screens, with the result that readers with special
> interest in and thus knowledge of these issue might never call it up.
> So I'm taking the liberty of sending the same message once again, with this
> little intro added for explanation, and with the title or tag line readjusted
> so that the word "gender" is likely to be apparent to most.
> Sorry for any inconvenience.
> [BTW, what IS that line called???}
> * * * * * * * * O R I G I N A L M E S S A G E * * * * * * *
> bibliographical query: MOVIES & GENDER
> This may be a somewhat unusual request for this list, but I hope that folks
> reading this may be able to provide some info or pass the query on to
> colleages who can.
> My freshman comp courses usually are built around a single theme or issue,
> and this semester the students have chosen to work on "Sexism in Movies and
> the Media" - - which will inevitably broaden to a range of questions about
> the construction and representation of gender in our culture. The course
> includes a lot of individual research into various aspects of the chosen
> and each student will be asked to read one book--of her own choosing--in its
> entirety, [as well as a range of essays that are distributed to all class
> I already have more than enough essays prepared, but am a little unsure about
> books. While there is certainly more than enough material out there--almost
> anything published by BFI, Routledge, or Indiana, would provide a rich
> starting point--most of what I myself am familiar with is FAR too complex and
> difficult for my non-humanities majors freshman; so that all the wonderful
> stuff by Mulvey, Kaplan, Doane, Penley, etc., to say nothing of DeLauretis,
> is, I'm afraid, out of the question (remember that the students are reading
> these books on their own; they are not discussed in class). What I need is a
> list of works that are serious, careful, and analytic (as opposed to the kind
> of simple narrative that often passes as information in books by serious but
> non-academic publishers). The level that would be appropriate is that of
> Rosen's "Popcorn Venus" or Haskell's "From Reverence to Rape," but both of
> these are now--gulp!--a generation old, and in any case I need many more
> than two books to suggest.
> I would be very grateful for suggestions of books that I can recommend to
> my students and hope they will be able to read with real comprehension. The
> books can deal with movies, other popular media (rock n roll; TV; comic
> books; advertising, etc.) or related issues. Any suggestions would be very
> If you think the info is of general interest post it to the list; if not you
> can e-mail me directly at <[log in to unmask]>.
> My thanks in advance for your help.
> mike frank
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