Gender in Film Criticism: The Voice of Authority
with Claire King | associate professor and chair of the department of communication studies at Vanderbilt University and professor in the university’s cinema and media arts program
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What would the film canon look like if men (73% of today’s leading critics) weren't the overriding voice of critical authority? Since the inception of cinema as an art form and industry, women have played important roles in both making films and writing about them, yet women are underrepresented in what's considered “canon.” From the first women filmmakers of the 19th century to the women currently advocating for change in Hollywood, this seminar will discuss the pioneering efforts of women as directors, producers, stars, critics, and theorists. We'll profile innovative women who've helped define cinematic arts and the film industry, consider salient themes that emerge across women's works, and suggest additions to the canon often overlooked in art house repertory fare.
Claire Sisco King is associate professor and chair of the department of communication studies at Vanderbilt University and professor in the university’s cinema and media arts program. She is a scholar of media and visual culture, with a particular emphasis on the study of gender and sexuality. Her book, Washed in Blood: Male Sacrifice, Trauma, and the Cinema, which was named an Outstanding Book of the Year in 2013 by Critical Cultural Studies division of the National Communication Association, addresses the intersections between cinematic violence, masculinity, and discourses of civic identity. Her work has been published in numerous journals in the fields of communication and media studies, and she is currently writing a new book on celebrity culture, gender and race.
After this seminar session, please consider staying for DANCE, GIRL, DANCE, part of the film series, Fifty Cents For Your Soul: Women and the Show Business Boys’ Club.