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216 × 138 mm
288 pages
50 illustrations
14 Oct 2019
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Afterimages On Cinema, Women and Changing Times Laura Mulvey

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. This is an urgent and compelling read for anyone interested in the power and pleasures of moving images.

‘Over forty years ago, Laura 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 Film Comment and Artforum

‘As a female film-maker, I owe a debt of gratitude to Laura Mulvey, for her film-making 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 Laura Mulvey publishes new work.’ — Joanna Hogg, film-maker

‘At once a critical fascination with Hollywood’s images of women, a nuanced approach to modern women film-makers, and a consideration of cinema’s status in relation to contemporary art: the great skill of Laura Mulvey is to move between these multiple lines of enquiry, 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

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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), Fetishism and Curiosity (1996) and Death 24x a Second (Reaktion, 2005).