Feminism at the Movies: Understanding Gender in Contemporary Popular Cinema

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Feminism at the Movies: Understanding Gender in Contemporary Popular Cinema examines the way that contemporary film reflects today’s changing gender roles. The book offers a comprehensive overview of the central issues in feminist film criticism with analyses of over twenty popular contemporary films across a range of genres, such as chick flicks, teen pics, hommecoms, horror, action adventure, indie flicks, and women lawyer films. Contributors explore issues of femininity as well as masculinity, reflecting on the interface of popular cinema with gendered realities and feminist ideas. Topics include the gendered political economy of cinema, the female director as auteur, postfeminist fatherhood, consumer culture, depictions of professional women, transgender, sexuality, gendered violence, and the intersections of gender, race, and ethnic identities.
The volume contains essays by following contributors: Taunya Lovell Banks, Heather Brook, Mridula Nath Chakraborty, Michael DeAngelis, Barry Keith Grant, Kelly Kessler, Hannah Hamad, Christina Lane (with Nicole Richter), JaneMaree Maher, David Hansen-Miller (with Rosalind Gill), Gary Needham, Sarah Projansky, Hilary Radner, Rob Schaap, Yael D Sherman, Michele Shreiber, Janet Staiger, Peter Stapleton, Rebecca Stringer, Yvonne Tasker, and Ewa Ziarek.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (September 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041589588X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415895880
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

An amazing collection.

2 people found this helpful.
 on September 27, 2013
By linzeigh
This book has a myriad of different articles, some I agreed with and some I didn’t, but they were all very in-depth and interesting. Well, most of them were interesting. The 13 Going on 30 essay was a little more existential than I could grasp, but for the most part they’re all relatively readable if you already know a little something about feminist theory. I got this book for my birthday, and I can say it is one of the best gifts I’ve gotten. Seriously love it.

Relevant research.

2 people found this helpful.
 on February 9, 2012
By Conway Hawk
This book provides accessible and intelligent perspectives of the way women are portrayed in music, how this relates to feminist concerns, and how these examples depict current cultural themes. I highly recommend.

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