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[Commlist] New Book: Female Agencies and Subjectivities in Film and Television

Wed Nov 04 23:07:43 GMT 2020

Digdem Sezen is delighted to announce the publication of the edited collection “Female Agencies and Subjectivities in Film and Television” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) edited by Digdem Sezen, Feride Cicekoglu, Asli Tunc and Ebru Thwaites Diken.

This volume provides an overview of the landscape of mediated female agencies and subjectivities in the last decade. In three sections, the book covers the films of women directors, television shows featuring women in lead roles, and the representational struggles of women in cultural context, with a special focus on changes in the transformative power of narratives and images across genres and platforms. This collection derives from the editors’ multi-year experiences as scholars and practitioners in the field of film and television. It is an effort that aims to describe and understand female agencies and subjectivities across screen narratives, gather scholars from around the world to generate timely discussions, and inspire fellow researchers and practitioners of film and television.

-Discusses the concepts of female agency and subjectivities in film and television through cases in the last decade, investigating emerging notions in the field and introducing original research

-Focuses on how the politics of gender are mediated, what kind of transformative power film and television narratives poses and how technological developments and new media forms challenge existing perspectives and re-imagine the possible future directions

-Offers intercultural and international perspectives on globally distributed film and television content, as well as bringing critically acclaimed non-Western examples into focus <>

*Review copies* of the collection can be requested here <>


"This wide-ranging collection of essays, developed out of a highly stimulating conference held at Istanbul's Bilgï University in April 2019, treats the hugely important topic of women's agency and subjectivity/ies in international film and television. From mainstream shows like HBO's /Sharp Objects/ to the films of Danish and Iranian auteur-e-s Susanne Bier and Ana Lily Amirpour, and with two essays on machine vision technologies and the fembot as technological femme fatale, its varied stimulating essays represent a valuable addition to the international literature on female subjectivity/ies and agency."

--*Professor Kate Ince, *University of Birmingham, UK, author of /The Body and the Screen: Female Subjectivity in Contemporary Women's Cinema/

“This volume is an exuberant account of ways in which female agencies and subjectivities in visual culture have expanded and multiplied through digital technology and globalization. It is an invaluable contribution to contemporary discussions in film and television studies, as well as feminist theory and practice. “

*--Prof. Dr. Suheyla Schroeder*, Berlin International University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Table of Contents


Pages 1-8

Sezen, Diğdem (et al.)

Agnès Varda and the Singular Feminine

Pages 11-25

Kennedy-Karpat, Colleen

Female Agency in Pelin Esmer Films: The Play (2005) and Queen Lear (2019)

Pages 27-43

Çiçekoğlu, Feride

The Feminine Indistinction in Susanne Bier’s Cinema: The Brothers (2004), In a Better World (2010), Bird Box (2018)

Pages 45-63

Thwaites Diken, Ebru

Consuming Bodies, Abject Spaces: Ana Lily Amirpour’s Transcultural Expressionism

Pages 65-83

Mansbridge, Joanna

Claire Underwood: Feminist Warrior or Shakespearean Villain? Re-visiting Feminine Evil in House of Cards

Pages 87-105

Tunç, Aslı

The Phenomenology of Orphan Black as Molecular Politics

Pages 107-125

Barattoni, Luca

‘I Will Not Be Bullied into Submission’: Discussing Subjection and Resistance in GLOW (2017)

Pages 127-143

Unur, Ayşegül Kesirli & Arslan, Nilufer Neslihan

Female Body Language: Cutting, Scarring, and Becoming in HBO’s Sharp Objects

Pages 145-163

Harper, Mihaela P.

The Strong Female Lead: Postfeminist Representation of Women and Femininity in Netflix Shows

Pages 165-187

Özkan, Derya  & Hardt, Deborah

The Technological Turn of the Femme Fatale: The Fembot and Alternative Fates

Pages 191-207

Erensoy, Şirin Fulya

Women Remembering: Gender and Genre in Persona and Happy Valley

Pages 209-227

Sharpe, Kenan Behzat

Bridal Anxieties: Politics of Gender, Neoconservatism and Daytime TV in Turkey

Pages 229-248

Sayan-Cengiz, Feyda

International Filmmor Women’s Film Festival on Wheels: “Women’s Cinema, Women’s Resistance, Cinema of Resistance”

Pages 249-269

Haydari, Nazan

Machine Gaze on Women: How Everyday Machine-Vision-Technologies See Women in Films

Pages 271-293

Sezen, Diğdem

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