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Global Cinema

International Cinema and the Girl

Local Issues, Transnational Contexts

Authors: Handyside, Fiona

Editors: Taylor-Jones, Kate (Ed.)

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About this book

From the precocious charms of Shirley Temple to the box-office behemoth Frozen and its two young female leads, Anna and Elsa, the girl has long been a figure of fascination for cinema. The symbol of (imagined) childhood innocence, the site of intrigue and nostalgia for adults, a metaphor for the precarious nature of subjectivity itself, the girl is caught between infancy and adulthood, between objectification and power. She speaks to many strands of interest for film studies: feminist questions of cinematic representation of female subjects; historical accounts of shifting images of girls and childhood in the cinema; and philosophical engagements with the possibilities for the subject in film. This collection considers the specificity of girls' experiences and their cinematic articulation through a multicultural feminist lens which cuts across the divides of popular/art-house, Western/non Western, and north/south. Drawing on examples from North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, the contributors bring a new understanding of the global/local nature of girlhood and its relation to contemporary phenomena such as post-feminism, neoliberalism and queer subcultures. Containing work by established and emerging scholars, this volume explodes the narrow post-feminist canon and expands existing geographical, ethnic, and historical accounts of cinematic cultures and girlhood.

About the authors

Fiona Handyside is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Exeter, UK.
 
Kate Taylor-Jones is Senior Lecturer in East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK. 

Reviews

“International Cinema and the Girl (2016), edited by Fiona Handyside and Kate Taylor-Jones, is a welcome and important contribution at the intersection of girls studies and feminist film theory. … This is a balanced and exciting collection of essays. … The editors have achieved their aim of assembling an impressive collection of essays that reassert the specificity of the girl on screen in her local and individual context, while also attending to the global issues that the films address.” (Elspeth Mitchell, Girlhood Studies, Vol. 10 (1), 2017)


"International Cinema and the Girl makes a great contribution to the field by addressing, through smart and conceptually varied perspectives, a wide range of films produced globally. These films demonstrate what the editors call, rightfully, 'the complex variety of girlhood representations.' The scope of the book is impressive in illuminating the many ways in which girls' identity has figured centrally in films made in the US, Europe, Africa, Argentina, Japan, and Iran during the last twenty years." - Gaylyn Studlar, author of Precocious Charms: Stars Performing Girlhood in Classical Hollywood Cinema

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Handyside, Fiona (et al.)

    Pages 1-18

  • The Showgirl Effect: Adolescent Girls and (Precarious) “Technologies of Sexiness” in Contemporary Italian Cinema

    Hipkins, Danielle

    Pages 21-33

  • Girlfriends, Postfeminism, and the European Chick-Flick in France

    Harrod, Mary

    Pages 35-47

  • Warrior of Love: Japanese Girlhood’s Postfeminist Asian Body in Cutie Honey (Hideaki Anno, 2004)

    Gwynne, Joel

    Pages 49-60

  • Feminine Adolescence and Transgressive Materiality in the Films of Lucrecia Martel

    Martin, Deborah

    Pages 63-73

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
International Cinema and the Girl
Book Subtitle
Local Issues, Transnational Contexts
Authors
Editors
  • Kate Taylor-Jones
Series Title
Global Cinema
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-38892-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137388926
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-38891-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 219
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