The pioneering essays and reviews published in Women and Film, the popular surveys of female images in film in Marjorie Rosen's and Molly Haskell's books, all criticized the failure of films to capture the complex realities of women's lives. Rosen and Haskell chronicled the decade-bydecade misrepresentation and stereotypes of women, occasionally locating, as in Haskell's chapter on "The Woman's Film," exceptional glimpses into more "authentic" expressions of women's experience.
Because woman's sexual difference had so often in the past been used to oppress her, the first response of these critics and of a great many feminists at the time was to de-emphasize difference.
Thus Haskell and Rosen, writing at a time when "buddy films" had nearly pushed women off the screen altogether, looked back nostalgically at the exceptional women, the Rosalind Russells and Katharine Hepburns, who had once held their own with the men. For these and other reasons the "image o f tradition of feminist film criticism has been recently criticized for revolving around fairly simple notions of realist representation.
Yet it is important to recognize the value of such studies, both as a point of departure for students first encountering the subject and for historians and sociologists who seek more detailed information about the relation of stereotypical images to the epochs that produce them.
If feminist film critics have rejected this tradition with increasing vehemencein a way that many feminist literary critics, exercising a greater pragmatism and pluralism, have notit is for reasons inherent in the film medium. Two factors converge to limit the value of analyzing the image of women in film against existing or historical "realities": first, the limit in the variety of the images themselves in a relatively short film tradition that has, in Hollywood at least, privileged action-packed narratives and relegated women in most of the major genres to decorous objects of exchange; and second, the literal, as opposed to the metaphorical literary, nature of the term "image" in film.
The strength of the term "image" in literary criticism lies precisely in its metaphoricityits ability to designate, rather vaguely, a cluster of attributes or semantic values attached to the signifier "woman. It is here that the ontology of the sign becomes crucial for feminist criticism. For the cinematic sign, to use Peirce's terminology, is primarily iconic and indexical, while the literary sign is primarily symbolic.
The idea that the gap between sign and referent is smaller in the cinema an idea which acts as a foundation for the signifying strategies of the classical realist film works to naturalize cinematic "femininity" and to bind filmic images more closely to "lived reality," i. Hence, the very process of imaging becomes problematic for feminist analyses of film.
Because the very notion of "woman" in a patriarchal society is a narcissistic construct, because the female always exists in some sense to be seen, the term "image" must be taken literally in feminist film theory. Thus the very crucial displacement observable in this anthology from "images o f to the axis of vision itselfto the modes of organizing vision and hearing which result in the production of that "image.
Furthermore, the very length of the novelistic tradition provides a greater variety of instanciations of thfe female. Feminist literary critics have had more of women to study in male-authored works than feminist film critics have had in the works of male auteurs. In so doing they began, in Elizabeth Abel's words, "to reconceptualize sexual difference to women's advantage. For where in the classic cinema do we encounter anything like an "autonomous tradition," with "distinctive features" and "lines of influence"?
And if, with some difficulty, we can conceive of Lois Weber and Dorothy Arzner as the Jane Austen and George Eliot of Hollywood, to whom do they trace their own influences? In other words, it became possible for feminist literary critics, working within an image of woman tradition, to arrive at a validation of female difference through the study of women writers. By comparison, in the relative absence of a realist tradition of women film artists working both within and against a dominant male tradition, it is not surprising that feminist film critics soon seized upon methodologies that could account for the absence of "woman as woman.
This investigation necessitated a resort to more elaborate and complex theories of signification and subjectivity. Thus feminist film critics, first in Britain, then increasingly in the United States, began to embrace semiotic and psychoanalytic theories that seemed capable of accounting for the ways in which patriarchal ideology has elided the representation of women. Similarly, in formulating filmmaking practices, they began to conceive of radical avant-garde alternatives initially formulated along a modernist, Godardian model to traditional forms of representation.
A key work was Claire Johnston's pamphlet, Notes on Women's Cinema with her essay, "Woman's Cinema as Counter-Cinema," which proposed that only a filmmaking practice that questioned and countered the dominant cinema of realist representation could begin to speak for women.
In formulating a notion of a feminist "counter-cinema" that would counter not only the stereotypes but also the very language of patriarchy, the British feminists11 rejected the cinema verite practices of the first generation of feminist documentary films. Earlier U. Yet the British feminists criticized them on the basis of their acceptance of realistic documentary modes of representation associated with patriarchy. It had become clear by the mids that two divergent traditions of feminist film theory and practice had emerged: those critics and filmmakers often U.
Yet such a dichotomy oversimplifies the many points in between, the ongoing arguments concerning what constitutes the dominant forms of representation under patriarchy. The polarization also places the two positions in an inaccurate adversary relation to one another, while suggesting that the U.
Both implications distort the efforts of a great many feminist film scholars who do not fit such a simple, territorial mold. In this kind of reading, the critic is less concerned with the truth or falsity of the image of woman than with gaining an understanding of the textual contradictions that are symptomatic of the repression of women in patriarchal culture. This tendency in feminist film criticism has been enormously fruitfulexpanding our understanding not only of the strategies of filmic texts which work to support and sustain patriarchal constructions but also of the weak spots, the failings of those constructions.
There is a certain strength, and even an unassailability, which seems to characterize the above position. In other words, we can avoid charges of essentialism by negating all potential feminine identities, revealing their complicity with a patriarchal ideology. The notion of "identity," temporary as it might be, would appear to be crucial to the development of any politics, even a politics of signification.
The feminist theorist is thus confronted with something of a double bind: she can continue to analyze and interpret various instances of the repression of woman, of her radical absence in the discourses of mena pose which necessitates remaining within that very problematic herself, repeating its terms; or she can attempt to delineate a feminine specificity, always risking a recapitulation of patriarchal constructions and a naturalization of "woman.
Such a dilemma forms a part of the broader context within which the essays in this volume must be placed. It is a dilemma which is reflected, for instance, in Christine Gledhill's attempts to retain the concepts of identification and recognition while acknowledging the problems with traditional ideas of realism. Gledhill is thus faced with the epistemological assumptions behind the notion of a "self who could identify. It is a dilemma also embodied in a film like Riddles of the Sphinx, which deploys psychoanalytic categories and narratives in order to dismantle patriarchal modes of thought at the same time that it often appears to resuscitate a long-buried femininity associated with the unconscious and a hitherto indecipherable language.
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