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Film Bodies: Queer Feminist Encounters with Gender and Sexuality in Cinema

Film Bodies: Queer Feminist Encounters with Gender and Sexuality in Cinema
Katharina Lindner

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The representation of gender and sexuality is well-explored territory in film studies. In Film Bodies, Katharina Lindner takes existing debates into a new direction and integrates queer and feminist theory with film phenomenology. Film Bodies explores the female body's presence in a range of genres including the dance film, the sports film and queer cinema. Moving across mainstream and independent cinema, Lindner provides detailed 'textural' analyses of Black Swan, The Tango Lesson, 2 Seconds, Offside, Tomboy and Girlhood and discusses the queer feminist encounters these films can give rise to. This provocative book is of vital interest to students and researchers of queer cinema, queer/feminist theory, embodiment and affect and offers a unique new way of understanding the relationship between queerness, feminism, the body and cinema.

Author Info

Katharina Lindner is Lecturer in Film and Media and a member of the Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies at the University of Stirling. She was also a professional footballer in a former life.


‘In this challenging and provocative book, Katharina Lindner tackles the problems that film phenomenology has skirted around for years. What is a queer feminist phenomenology? What about female bodies that are in movement, that disrupt, that display themselves and unsettle? Who can speak about them and for them? Lindner looks at filmic female bodies that dance and play sport, and that are performatively queer, and examines the thrilling spaces and affective timeframes in which they move. The result is a new realm of queer feminist embodiment that enables different kinds of non-normative lived bodies to become visible and active, from tango dancers to tomboys, and boxers to ballerinas. A vital and significant development of film phenomenology’. - Lucy Bolton, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, Queen Mary University of London

‘Film Bodies vibrantly explores the intersections between film phenomenology and queer and feminist theories. Through a series of agile textual analyses, Lindner draws out the potential of the gendered body to trouble both cinema’s sensory experience and film theory’s critical categories. Film Bodies is an essential contribution to queer film scholarship’. - Rosalind Galt, Head of Department of Film Studies, King’s College London

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Library of Gender and Popular Culture

ISBN: 9781784536244
Publication Date: 15 Oct 2017
Number of Pages: 272
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 26 bw integrated

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