Flitterman-Lewis, Sandy

Flitterman-Lewis, Sandy

To Desire Differently: Feminism and the French Cinema, 2nd ed.

 In this book, Professor Sandy Flitterman-Lewis presents an exploration of the impact of three French women filmmakers: Germaine Dulac, Marie Epstein, and Agnes Varda. A most important work, its sustained commitment to textual analysis--and the close readings here are superbly written--and to a historical (and national) consideration of female authorship makes it a valuable contribution to feminist film scholarship. In this essential study of film and feminism, Professor Flitterman-Lewis uses three major filmmakers to survey ways in which directors have challenged the cinematic assumptions of the patriarchy. Germaine Dulac was concerned with woman´s desire, Marie Epstein with defining a female gaze, and Agnes Varda with formulating a feminine discourse.

New Vocabularies in Film Semiotics: Structuralism, Poststructuralism and Beyond

New Vocabularies in Film Semiotics provides a comprehensive lexicon of semiotic concepts, defining over 500 critical terms. The authors address key aspects of contemporary semiotic and cultural debate--for example Metz's semiotics, Genette's narratology, the feminism of Mary Ann Doane, and Bakhtinian concepts. The book explores linguistically-oriented terminology in cinema studies; the semiotics of film narrative; the psycho-semiology of the cinema; and intertextuality, discourse, and transtextuality. References to individual films drawn from the work of a wide range of directors including Orson Welles, D.W. Griffiths, Alain Resnais, Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Cocteau, and Chantal Akerman illustrate the concepts under discussion. Although especially geared to the needs of film students, New Vocabularies in Film Semiotics is an impressive guide that will be useful for scholars in all areas of the arts, philosophy, and literature where an awareness of semiotic terminology and methodology has become indispensable to serious theoretical work.