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Afterimages by Laura Mulvey


On Cinema, Women and Changing Times

Laura Mulvey

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Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publication date: 14 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781789141221

A return by essential film critic Laura Mulvey to questions of film theory and feminism.

4 stars out of 5
8 Nov 2019

"Afterimages strikes a balance between consistency of thought and a willingness to adapt."

“As [the male gaze] gains in currency, it takes on more of a life of its own,” Mulvey writes in Afterimages: On Cinema, Women and Changing Times, her first book since 2006. Ruptures and continuities between past and present offer a thematic thread throughout the essay collection, which moves from the decline of Hollywood’s studio system to critiques of films by and about women, and a survey of moving images within visual art. Mulvey’s new book is especially pertinent, given the widening rift between her second-wave feminist peers — who are predominantly white academics — and the current “fourth-wave”, known for its Twittersphere stomping ground and exacting inclusivity standards.