Reclaiming the Archive: Feminism and Film History

Wayne State University Press, 2010


Reclaiming the Archive: Feminism and Film History 


Table of Contents

Introduction to Reclaiming the Archive

Part I: Gazing Outward: The Spectrum of Feminist Reception History


1.  Laura Mulvey (Birkbeck University),  “Unmasking the Gaze: Feminist Film Theory, History, and Film Studies”

2. Janet Staiger (University of Texas-Austin), “Les Belles Dames sans Merci, Femmes Fatales, Vampires, Vamps, and Gold Diggers:  The Transformation and Narrative Value of Aggressive Fallen Women”

3. Annette Kuhn (Queen Mary, University of London), “'I wanted life to be romantic, and I wanted to be thin': girls growing up with cinema in the 1930s”

4.Suzanne Leonard (Simmons College), “The ‘True Love’ of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton”

5.Terri Simone Francis,  “She Will Never Look”: Film Spectatorship, Black Feminism and Scary Subjectivities”     

Part II: Rewriting Authorship


6. Shelley Stamp (University of California-Santa Cruz), “Lois Weber, Star Maker”

7. Ayako Saito, (Meiji Gakuin University), “Reading as a Woman:  The Collaboration of Ayako Wakao and Yasuzo Masumura”

8. Genevieve Sellier, (University of Caen), “Women in the Nouvelle Vague: The Lost Continent?”

9. Victoria Duckett (Università Cattolica, Milan), “Investigating an Interval: Sarah Bernhardt, Hamlet, and the Paris Exposition of 1900”

10. Yvonne Tasker (University of East Anglia), “Vision and Visibility: Women Filmmakers, Contemporary Authorship and Feminist Film Studies”

11. Patricia White (Swarthmore), “Black and White: Mercedes de Acosta’s Glorious Enthusiasms” (reprint, Camera Obscura 45 Volume 15.3 2000)

Part III: Excavating Early Cinema


12. Sumiko Higashi (SUNY, Brockport), “Vitagraph Stardom: Constructing Personalities for “New” Middle-Class Consumption”

13. Giuliana Muscio, (University of Padua), “Women Screenwriters in American Silent Cinema”

14. Amy Shore (SUNY, Oswego), "Making More than a Spectacle of Themselves: Creating the Militant Suffragette in Votes for Women"

15. Joanne Hershfield (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), "Visualizing the Modern Mexican Woman: Santa and Cinematic Nation-Building"

16. Sandy Flitterman-Lewis (Rutgers University), "Sisters in Rebellion: The Unexpected Kinship of Germaine Dulac and Virginia Woolf”

Part IV: Constructing a (Post)Feminist Future


17. Michele Schreiber (Emory University) “Misty Water-Colored Memories of the Way We Were…” Post-Feminist Nostalgia in Contemporary Romance Narratives

18. Anna Everett (University of California-Santa Barbara), “On Cyberfeminism and Cyberwomanism: High-Tech Mediations of Feminism’s Discontents” (adapted from "Double Click:  The Million Woman March on Television and the Internet,"in Television After TV: Essays on a Medium in Transition, eds. Lynn Spigel and Jan Olsson, Durham and London, Duke UP, 2004: 224-241; and from the recently completed manuscript:  Digital Diaspora: A Race for Cyberspace.)

19. Soyoung Kim (Korean National University of Arts, School of Film and Multimedia) “The Birth of the Local Feminist Sphere in the Global Era: Yeoseongjang and ‘Trans-cinema’”

(reprint Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Spring 2004)

20. Vicki Callahan (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), “The Future of the Archive: An Interview with Lynn Hershman Leeson”


About Me

Vicki Callahan is Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Peck School of the Arts. 

Her research and teaching interests in silent cinema, feminist theory, and digital media intersect around questions of emergent/disruptive technologies, new modes of writing, social justice, and alternative or counter narrative forms.

She is the author of Zones of Anxiety: Movement, Musidora, and the Crime Serials of Louis Feuillade (Wayne State UP, 2004) as well as numerous articles on feminism, film history, and experiments in media writing.

Please see podcast area for interviews with contributors: currently featuring Suzanne Leonard, Simmons College