Women's Experimental Cinema: Critical Frameworks

Women’s Experimental Cinema offers vigorous introductions to the paintings of fifteen avant-garde ladies filmmakers, a few of whom labored as early because the Nineteen Fifties and lots of of whom are nonetheless operating at the present time. In every one essay during this assortment, a number one movie pupil considers a unmarried filmmaker, offering biographical details, studying numerous affects on her paintings, analyzing the improvement of her corpus, and reading an important variety of person movies. The essays rescue the paintings of severely ignored yet influential ladies filmmakers for instructing, extra research, and, optimistically, recovery and upkeep. simply as importantly, they enhance the certainty of feminism in cinema and extend the terrain of movie historical past, relatively the heritage of the yankee avant-garde.

The individuals research the paintings of Marie Menken, Joyce Wieland, Gunvor Nelson, Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, Barbara Rubin, Amy Greenfield, Barbara Hammer, Chick Strand, Marjorie Keller, Leslie Thornton, Abigail baby, Peggy Ahwesh, Su Friedrich, and Cheryl Dunye. The essays spotlight the variety in those filmmakers’ kinds and techniques, masking subject matters comparable to how Menken used movie for you to reconsider the transition from summary expressionism to Pop artwork within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, how Rubin either objectified the physique and investigated the filmic equipment that enabled that objectification in her movie Christmas on Earth (1963), and the way Dunye makes use of movie to discover her personal id as a black lesbian artist. while, the essays show commonalities, together with a bent towards documentary instead of fiction and a dedication to nonhierarchical, collaborative construction practices. The volume’s ultimate essay focuses explicitly on instructing women’s experimental motion pictures, addressing logistical matters (how to procure the flicks and safe right viewing areas) and increasing the variety of the publication through suggesting replacement movies for lecture room use.

Contributors. Paul Arthur, Robin Blaetz, Noël Carroll, Janet Cutler, Mary Ann Doane, Robert A. Haller, Chris Holmlund, Chuck Kleinhans, Scott MacDonald, Kathleen McHugh, Ara Osterweil, Maria Pramaggiore, Melissa Ragona, Kathryn Ramey, M. M. Serra, Maureen Turim, William C. Wees

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