This book brings together carefully selected essays on feminism and film with a view to tracing major developments in theory, criticism, and practices of women and cinema from 1973 to the present day. It illuminates the powerful, if controversial, role feminist research has played in the emergence of Film Studies as a discipline during these years; reprinting influential 1970s pioneering essays tracing the ensuing debates and challenges to key theories that
shaped this field in the next two decades. Kaplan details the Euro-American contexts within which feminist film theories and practices emerged and traces the changing influences of French, German, and American intellectual movements on feminist film research. As well as a wide-ranging introduction which
sets the selection of essays in context, readers will find examples of social-role, psychoanalytic, structuralist, post-structuralist, gay and lesbian, postmodern and postcolonial feminist film criticism, prefaced by introductory notes and including further readings.
E. Ann Kaplan is Professor of English and the first Director of the Humanities Institute, State University of New York, Stony Brook. She is also a widely published author.
PHASE ONE: PIONEERS AND CLASSICS: THE MODERNIST MODE ; PHASE TWO: CRITIQUES OF PHASE ONE THEORIES: NEW METHODS ; PHASE THREE: RACE, SEXUALITY, AND POSTMODERNISM IN FEMINIST THEORY ; PHASE FOUR: SPECTATORSHIP, ETHNICITY, AND MELODRAMA