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Gender and Cinema: Speaking through Images of Women

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This article examines the relationship between gender and cinema, taking inspiration from Denise Riley’s provocative book Am I That Name? Feminism and the Category of “Women” in History (1988), in which Riley argues that the term ‘woman’ is a historical category that is ‘discursively constructed’. This article argues that categories of gender, and by extension our understanding of sexuality, have shifted or broadened in meanings over the centuries, and thus questions the implications of Riley’s claim for cinema? It questions how images of women, especially, speak to the spectator, whether the spectator is positioned as masculine/ feminine or male/ female, and whether femininity presented in a particular way through the cinematic lenses.
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Keywords: Denise Riley; cinema; cinematic lens; gender; sexuality

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Hawai’i

Publication date: 01 March 2011

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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