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What If I Had Been the Hero? What If I Had Been the Hero?

Sue Thornham raises key issues about women as authors, subjects and heroes of their narratives - from experimental feminist film to Hollywood. Sue Thornham raises key issues about women as authors, subjects and heroes of their narratives - from experimental feminist film to Hollywood.
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What happens when women tell their own stories in film? In What If I Had Been the Hero?, Sue Thornham addresses this question through an exploration of a wide range of films, from experimental feminist film to mainstream Hollywood, and from the 1970s to the present day, by filmmakers including Sally Potter, Jane Campion, Deepa Mehta, Patricia Rozema and Lynne Ramsay.

Her discussion takes in films from India and Argentina as well as Europe, Canada, Australia and the US. Not content to take the 'post feminist' makeover film or the figure of the 'action chick' as evidence of women's increased power and status, Sue Thornham raises key issues about women as authors, subjects and heroes of their narratives. She argues that simple reversals of gendered positions of hero/heroine, active/passive, and subject/object are not enough.

Drawing on a wide range of feminist theoretical sources, What If I Had Been the Hero? makes an important intervention into contemporary debates, situating filmmaking within a rich history of female creativity, and insisting on the continuing importance of feminist theory.

What happens when women tell their own stories in film? In What If I Had Been the Hero?, Sue Thornham addresses this question through an exploration of a wide range of films, from experimental feminist film to mainstream Hollywood, and from the 1970s to the present day, by filmmakers including Sally Potter, Jane Campion, Deepa Mehta, Patricia Rozema and Lynne Ramsay.

Her discussion takes in films from India and Argentina as well as Europe, Canada, Australia and the US. Not content to take the 'post feminist' makeover film or the figure of the 'action chick' as evidence of women's increased power and status, Sue Thornham raises key issues about women as authors, subjects and heroes of their narratives. She argues that simple reversals of gendered positions of hero/heroine, active/passive, and subject/object are not enough.

Drawing on a wide range of feminist theoretical sources, What If I Had Been the Hero? makes an important intervention into contemporary debates, situating filmmaking within a rich history of female creativity, and insisting on the continuing importance of feminist theory.

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SKU 9781844573639
Author(s) Sue Thornham
Subtitle Investigating Women's Cinema
Product contents Acknowledgments Introduction Part I: Questions What if I'd Been the Hero? Women's Liberation Cinema? Unexplored Territories Part II: Explorations Heroes and Writers Landscapes and Stories Bodies and Passions Conclusion: Unfinished Business Postscript Note
Publisher(s) BFI Shop , Palgrave Macmillan
Format Paperback
Original publication date 04/07/2012
Number of pages 248

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