Fetishism and Curiosity

Fetishism and Curiosity

Mulvey, Laura
Distribution: Canada Japan Mexico Philippines Puerto Rico United States of America
Publication date: 06/22/1996
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21019-7
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Writer and filmmaker Laura Mulvey is widely regarded as one of the most challenging and incisive contemporary feminist cultural theorists. Part of the 1970s generation of British film theorists and independent filmmakers, she came to prominence with her classic work on the pleasures, and displeasures, of narrative cinema, Visual and Other Pleasures. This new collection contains her most recent writings, ranging from analyses of Xala, Citizen Kane, and Blue Velvet to an extended engagement with the work of the American Indian artist Jimmie Durham and the feminist photographer Cindy Sherman.

Author Bio

Laura Mulvey, Director of MA in Cinema and Television Studies, British Film Institute/Birkbeck College, London, is the author of Visual and Other Pleasures and the BFI Film Classic Citizen Kane.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Fetishisms

Part One: What Price Hollywood?

Chapter 1: Americanitis: European Intellectuals and Hollywood Melodrama

Chapter 2: Social Hieroglyphics: Reflections on Two Films by Douglas Sirk

Chapter 3: Close-ups and Commodities

Part Two Dialectics of Division

Chapter 4: Pandora's Box: Topographies of Curiosity

Chapter 5: Cosmetics and Abjection: Cindy Sherman 1977-87

Chapter 6: The Hole and the Zero: Godard's Visions of Femininity

Part Three Dollar-Book Freud

Chapter 7: From Log Cabin to Xanadu: Psychoanalysis and History in CITIZEN KANE

Chapter 8: The Carapace that Failed: Ousmane Sembene's XALA

Chapter 9: Netherworlds and the Unconscious: Oedipus and BLUE VELVET

Postscript: Changing Objects, Preserving Time