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On Cinema, Women and Changing Times

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This book marks a return for 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, and 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.
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"A frank, personal, and critically adroit work, which . . . demonstrates how films--even those that have received the most critical attention--continue to challenge, reveal, and provoke. . . . A valuable and unique set of responses and arguments by one of the discipline's most eminent founding scholars, demonstrating the vivacity of her work."--Erika Balsom "Viewfinder" "As a female filmmaker, I owe a debt of gratitude to Mulvey, for her filmmaking and for her tireless theoretical explorations. She has secured the space in which women are permitted expression and may explore the virtues of silence, stillness, and the maternal. It is always exciting when Mulvey publishes new work."--Joanna Hogg, filmmaker "Viewfinder" "At once a critical fascination with Hollywood's images of women, a nuanced approach to modern women filmmakers, and a consideration of cinema's status in relation to contemporary art: the great skill of Mulvey is to move between these multiple lines of inquiry, taking her reader with her as only a true writer can."--Raymond Bellour, director of research emeritus, CNRS, Paris, and author of "The Analysis of Film and Between-the-Images" "Viewfinder" "Future filmmakers as well as art and media students will find this academic take on feminism and cinema a valuable resource."--Erika Balsom "Library Journal" "Tying together fourteen texts . . . is a concern for looking back, for thinking about the cinema as something past, fragile, perishable . . . . As Mulvey puts it, 'the cinema has moved from a technological straightjacket into a lived flexibility, ' opening up new avenues of inquiry, new modes of engagement. . . . Afterimages takes up themes and concepts long central to Mulvey's thinking, particularly feminism and psychoanalysis. . . . Her investments persist in altered form as they are rearticulated in relation to the demands of the present."--Erika Balsom "Frieze" "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" and "Artforum" "Viewfinder" "Mulvey's ability to provoke and stimulate remains undiminished. Paying tribute to the feminist critics who wrote about Mary Kelly's Post-Partum Document (1973-1979) she writes: 'their words and ideas . . . their commentaries and analyses, have established a terrain and a frame of reference for today's feminist engagement with aesthetics, theory, art practice, and beyond.' At her best, with Afterimages, Mulvey continues to achieve precisely that."--Raymond Bellour, director of research emeritus, CNRS, Paris, and author of "The Analysis of Film and Between-the-Images" "PopMatters" "Mulvey has a voice that carries. In the wake of #MeToo, and in an age where being active on social media demands a constant ebb and flow of looking and self-presenting, her coinage has been taken up by a new vanguard. . . . A wave of artists and audiences are actively adapting and expanding Mulvey's thinking--and now, so is the critic herself. . . . Mulvey's new book is especially pertinent, given the widening rift between her second-wave feminist peers--who are predominantly white academics--and the current 'fourth-wave, ' known for its Twittersphere stomping ground and exacting inclusivity standards. . . . Mulvey's voice cuts through generational divides, and Afterimages strikes a balance between consistency of thought and a willingness to adapt."-- "Financial Times" "Beloved experimental filmmaker Laura M

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Laura Mulvey is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London and the author of Visual and Other Pleasures (1989), Citizen Kane (1992) and Fetishism and Curiosity (1996)