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Abstract – The State of Film and Media Feminism

The State of Film and Media Feminism

Abstract

Drawing from her personal experience, Kuhn suggests starting points and befitting tools for feminist film researchers who are interested in cinema. The first starting point is to determine whether the attention should be directed to films or cinema. Although these two terms are often used as interchangeable words, their meanings actually indicate two different points. Cinema generally refers to social and industrial context while film refers to a more close reading of the text. Therefore, methodologies and conceptual frameworks in these two mediums will be different too. If the researcher who has a feminist perspective has chosen to study cinema, cultural approaches and audience research will provide a more ideal method. Cultural studies allow us to look at the relationships of films with gender-related fields in a more general framework. However, if we study films as particular creations, psychoanalysis will enter the picture. Psychic issues play a big role in the feminist reading, so psychoanalytic approach offers an ideal method to understand the psychic issues related with films’ metapsychology. Furthermore, psychoanalysis is also in a key position to better understand the interaction between films and audience.