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Sportswomen in Cinema: Film and the Frailty Myth

Sportswomen in Cinema: Film and the Frailty Myth
Nicholas Chare

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Sportswomen in Cinema considers both documentary and fiction films from a variety of periods and cultures, by directors including Kathryn Bigelow, Gurinder Chadha, Im Soon-rye, George Kukor, Ida Lupino, and Leni Riefenstahl. Drawing from psychoanalytic and phenomenological theories, the book presents a series of landmark close readings of films featuring a variety of different forms of athletic activity, including baseball, basketball, bodybuilding, boxing, climbing, football, rollerderby, surfing, tennis and track and field. In focusing on themes such as gesture, screen space and sound, it moves beyond a purely narrative analysis of sports films. What's more, as well as building on existing scholarship in sports studies to argue that sport should always be conceived of as more than simply competitive, the book also contributes to ongoing efforts in film theory to foster new feminist discourses on sexual difference.

The ideas of thinkers such as Judith Butler, Bracha Ettinger, Griselda Pollock and Michel Serres are employed to explore how films featuring female athletes reflect changing perspectives on femininity and sexuality and also, potentially, contribute to transforming our perceptions about sportswomen and cinema. Sportswomen in Cinema is an important addition to the literature of film studies, gender studies and sports studies.

Author Info

Nicholas Chare is Lecturer in Gender Studies, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, Australia. Also Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History, University of Leeds. Author of" Auschwitz and Afterimages" (I.B.Tauris, 2011) and a former editor of the journal parallax.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781784530129
Publication Date: 29 Mar 2015
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 30 integrated bw

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