Thinking in Images: Film Theory, Feminist Philosophy and Marlene Dietrich

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Dezember 2005



"Thinking in Images "addresses the current crisis in film theory by offering a new methodology for interrelating theory and film texts. Drawing on the groundbreaking work of Michele Le Duff, Catherine Constable argues that philosophy is reliant on sociocultural images, such as the figures of the veiled woman, the femme fatale, and the seductress. Constable traces the key role such female images play in the theorizations of beauty, art, and truth offered by Nietzsche and his successors: Jacques Derrida, Sarah Kofman, and Jean Baudrillard. Recognizing that images are crucial to theorizing means that film images have the capacity to challenge and change previous theoretical models. This is demonstrated by a case study of three films from the Dietrich/Sternberg cycle: "The Scarlet Empress, The Devil Is a Woman, "and "Shanghai Express. "These detailed readings focus on the ways in which Dietrich's glamorous characters challenge the theorization of woman as a beautiful object, thus offering new ways of conceptualizing woman's role as the icon of beauty, art, and truth.


Introduction: Thinking in Images Chapter 1: Theories Proper and Improper Chapter 2: The Mirror of Woman Chapter 3: Venus of Stone Chapter 4: Mapping the Roads Not Taken Chapter 5: Woman as Caprice Chapter 6: The Seductress Chapter 7: Conclusion


Catherine Constableis Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Sheffield Hallam University.
EAN: 9781844571017
ISBN: 1844571017
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2005
Seitenanzahl: 202 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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