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Film Studies

Women in Contemporary World Cinema


Alexandra Heidi Karriker

This book explores the role of women in mainstream and independent films, television series, and advertising from Russia, France, Great Britain, Ivory Coast, Paraguay, the United States, and New Zealand. Stylistic, contextual, and historical analyses provide the bases of investigations of myths, politics, women and violence, and theoretical issues.
Contents: Alexandra Heidi Karriker: Preface – Susan Smith Nash: Female Desire in Paraguayan Filmmakers Maneglia and Schembori’s Artefacto de la Primera Necesidad: Revenge Fantasy, Camp, or Postdictatorship Self-Loathing? – Katherine J. Patterson: Deflecting Desire: Destabilizing Narrative Univocality and the Regime of Looking in Agnes Varda’s French Film Vagabond – Karen Boyle: «Not All Angels Are Innocent» - Violence, Sexuality, and the Teen Psychodyke – Davinia Thornley: Executing the Commoners: Examining Class in Heavenly Creatures – Ann Hardy: The Heroine’s Journey? Women and Spiritual Questing in New Zealand Film and Television - A Production Study – Paul Sutton: La Femme Nikita: Violent Woman or Amenable Spectacle? – Jane Knox-Voina: The Myth of Beauty and Eroticism: Female Icons in Recent Russian Film, Advertising, and Popular Journals – Margaret Allison: Women Behind the Grave – Amanda L. Maxfield: The Quest for External Validation in Female Coming-of-Age Films – Binnie Brook Martin: Sound and Visual Misprecision in Faces of Women: Visual Difference Redefined in Thought.