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Genre, Authorship and Contemporary Women Filmmakers

Katarzyna Paszkiewicz

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Examines the significance of women’s participation in popular genres

Genre, Authorship and Contemporary Women Filmmakers examines the significance of women’s contribution to genre cinema by highlighting the work of US filmmakers within and outside Hollywood: Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola, Nancy Meyers and Kelly Reichardt, among others. Exploring genres as diverse as horror, the war movie, the Western, the costume biopic and the romantic comedy, the book interrogates questions of ‘genre’ authorship, the blurring of the borders between commercial and independent cinema and gendered discourses of (de)authorisation that operate within each sphere, ‘male’/‘female’ genre divisions and the issue of authorial subversion in film and popular culture in a wider sense. By offering close analysis of the films themselves and the cultural and ideological meanings involved in the reception of genre texts authored by women, this book expands critical debates around women’s cinema, and offers new perspectives on how contemporary filmmakers explore the aesthetic and imaginative power of genre.

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List of Figures


Introduction: Impossible Liaisons? Genre and Feminist Film Criticism

1 Subversive Auteur, Subversive Genre

2 Repeat in order to Remake. Diablo Cody and Karyn Kusama’s Jennifer’s Body

3 Hollywood Transvestite. Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker

4 Genre in the Margins. Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff

5 Genre on the Surface. Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette

6 What a Woman Wants? Nancy Meyers’s The Intern

Afterword: Desperately Seeking Wonder Women



About the Author

Katarzyna Paszkiewicz lectures in the Department of Modern Languages and English Studies at the University of Barcelona. Her research focuses on film genres and women’s cinema in the USA and Spain. She has published book chapters and journal articles on Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola, Nancy Meyers, Icíar Bollaín and Isabel Coixet. Most recently she has co-edited with Mary Harrod the forthcoming Women Do Genre in Film and Television (Routledge, 2018).

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