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Feminist Film Aesthetics: A Contextual Approach

Laurie Shrage
Hypatia
Vol. 5, No. 2, Feminism and Aesthetics (Summer, 1990), pp. 137-148
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3810161
Page Count: 12
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Feminist Film Aesthetics: A Contextual Approach
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Abstract

This paper considers some problems with text-centered psychoanalytic and semiotic approaches to film that have dominated feminist film criticism, and develops an alternative contextual approach. I claim that a contextual approach should explore the interaction of film texts with viewers' culturally formed sensibilities and should attempt to render visible the plurality of meaning in art. I argue that the latter approach will allow us to see the virtues of some classical Hollywood films that the former approach has overlooked, and I demonstrate this thesis with an analysis of the film Christopher Strong.

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