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Afterimages: On Cinema, Women and Changing Times

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Key film theorist and critic Laura Mulvey returns with a new collection of essays.
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This book marks a return for iconic theorist Laura Mulvey to questions of film theory and feminism, as well as a reconsideration of new and old film technologies. Its title, Afterimages, alludes to the dislocation of time that runs through many of the films and works in this book, and the way we view them.

Structured in three main parts the book begins with a section on the theme of woman as spectacle. Part Two focuses on films drawn from different parts of the world, directed by women and about women, all adopting radical cinematic strategies. In Part Three Mulvey considers moving image works made for art galleries and argues that the aesthetics of cinema have persisted into this environment.

Afterimages also features an appendix of ten frequently asked questions on her classic feminist essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, in which Mulvey addresses questions of spectatorship crucial to our era of #MeToo. An urgent and compelling book for anyone interested in the power and pleasures of moving images.

"Over forty years ago, Mulvey's searing polemic Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema brilliantly articulated why the movies we love also damage us by shoring up patriarchal power. Since that scorched earth moment, Mulvey's analysis of the moving image has broadened and deepened, which makes this book absolutely necessary to today's cultural struggles around gender, race, and class".--Amy Taubin, critic and contributing editor at "Film Comment"

 

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SKU 9781789141221
Author(s) Laura Mulvey
Subtitle On Cinema, Women and Changing Times
Publisher(s) Reaktion Books
Format Hardback
Original publication date 2019
Number of pages 240
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