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    Visual and other pleasures (2nd Edition)

    Mulvey, Laura (2009) Visual and other pleasures (2nd Edition). Language, Discourse, Society. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230576469.

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    Book synopsis: The essays republished in this new edition of Laura Mulvey's 1989 collection Visual and Other Pleasures reflect the high optimism of the Women's Movement in the 1970s, its engagement with Hollywood melodrama, psychoanalytic theory and avant-garde film. In an extensive new introduction, Mulvey looks back at the origins of her groundbreaking article 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema' (originally published in Screen in 1975) and reflects on its historical and autobiographical contexts. She reassesses her 1975 theories in the light of her more recent work on the impact of new technologies, particularly the digital, on film spectatorship. This edition also includes a previously unpublished essay in which Mulvey discusses images and narratives of the 'young modern woman' of the 1920s, through examples of films made both in Hollywood and Europe, and looks at their relevance for feminist film theory.


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