Cover for gledhill: Gender Meets Genre in Postwar Cinemas. Click for larger image
Ebook Information

Gender Meets Genre in Postwar Cinemas

A provocative collection that spans the globe to explore the always fascinating links between two areas of film theory

This remarkable collection challenges traditional ways of thinking about the relationship between gender and genre, understanding their meeting as a mutually transformative encounter. Responding to postmodernist conceptions of genre and postfeminist theories of gender and sexuality, these essays move beyond the limits of representation. Testing new thinking about genre, gender, and sexuality against closely analyzed films, they explore generic convention as putting into play what our culture makes of us, while finding in genre's repetitions infinite possibilities of cross-generic, cross-gender, cross-sex permutation. At the same time the aesthetic and emotional dimensions of gender and sexuality emerge as elements fueling the dramatic worlds of film genres, producing in the encounter new gendered perceptions, affects, and effects.

Recognizing the intensifying transnational context of film production and responding to postcolonial perspectives, this volume includes essays that explore the transformational transactions between gender and genre in the meeting between world-circulating Hollywood generic practices and American independent, European, Indian, and Hong Kong cinemas. Such revised concepts of genre and gender question taken-for-granted relationships between authorship and genre, between center and periphery, and between feminism and generic filmmaking. They consequently rethink the gendering of genres, filmmakers, and their audiences.

Contributors are Ira Bhaskar, Steven Cohan, Luke Collins, Pam Cook, Lucy Fischer, Jane Gaines, Christine Gledhill, Derek Kane-Meddock, E. Ann Kaplan, Samiha Matin, Katie Model, E. Deidre Pribram, Vicente Rodriguez Ortega, Adam Segal, Chris Straayer, Yvonne Tasker, Deborah Thomas, and Xiangyang Chen.


"These essays suggest that the dual conceits of genre and gender are no longer viable markers for how viewers watch films, and the traditional modes of identification have to be deconstructed in order to recognize this kind of spectatorial fluidity. Overall, this is an intriguing addition to the endless historiographical conversations that tie together its two subjects."--Film Matters

"A superb collection of essays representing an exceptionally high order of film scholarship: thoughtful, insightful, and well-written. With provocative insights and stellar contributors, the volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of cinema studies."--Virginia Wright Wexman, coeditor of Women and Experimental Filmmaking


Christine Gledhill is a visiting professor in cinema studies at the University of Sunderland. Her many works include Home is Where the Heart Is: Studies in Melodrama and the Woman's Film and Reinventing Film Studies, coedited with Linda Williams.

To order online:
//www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/63yan7zp9780252036613.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
Journal of Film and Video - Cover
Journal of Film and Video

Edited by Michael Clarke

Wong Kar-wai - Cover
Wong Kar-wai

Peter Brunette

Into the Vortex - Cover
Into the Vortex

Female Voice and Paradox in Film

Britta Sjogren

The Inquisition in Hollywood - Cover
The Inquisition in Hollywood

Politics in the Film Community, 1930-60

Larry Ceplair and Steven Englund

All about Thelma and Eve - Cover
All about Thelma and Eve

Sidekicks and Third Wheels

Judith Roof

Claire Denis - Cover
Claire Denis

Judith Mayne

Horse Opera - Cover
Horse Opera

The Strange History of the 1930s Singing Cowboy

Peter Stanfield

Haunting Violations - Cover
Haunting Violations

Feminist Criticism and the Crisis of the “Real”

Edited by Wendy S. Hesford and Wendy Kozol

Contesting Identities - Cover
Contesting Identities

Sports in American Film

Aaron Baker

Joel and Ethan Coen - Cover
Joel and Ethan Coen

R. Barton Palmer

Nelson Pereira dos Santos - Cover
Nelson Pereira dos Santos

Darlene J. Sadlier

Edward Yang - Cover
Edward Yang

John Anderson

Women and Experimental Filmmaking - Cover
Women and Experimental Filmmaking

Edited by Jean Petrolle and Virginia Wright Wexman

Journalism in the Movies - Cover
Journalism in the Movies

Matthew C. Ehrlich

Points of Resistance - Cover
Points of Resistance

Women, Power, and Politics in the New York Avant-garde Cinema, 1943-71 (2d ed.)

Lauren Rabinovitz

American Jewish Filmmakers (2d ed.) - Cover
American Jewish Filmmakers (2d ed.)

David Desser and Lester D. Friedman