Feminist Film Aesthetics: A Contextual Approach Article

SHRAGE, L. (1990). Feminist Film Aesthetics: A Contextual Approach . 5(2), 137-148. 10.1111/j.1527-2001.1990.tb00422.x

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  • 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., 1990 by Hypatia, Inc.

publication date

  • January 1, 1990

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  • 137

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  • 148


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