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Sofia Coppola: The Politics of Visual Pleasure

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Sofia Coppola

The Politics of Visual Pleasure

Anna Backman Rogers

200 pages, 9 illus., bibliog., index

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Description

All too often, the movies of Sofia Coppola have been dismissed as “all style, no substance.” But such an easy caricature, as this engaging and accessible survey of Coppola’s oeuvre demonstrates, fundamentally miscontrues what are rich, ambiguous, meaningful films. Drawing on insights from feminist philosophy and psychology, the author here takes an original approach to Coppola, exploring vital themes from the subversion of patriarchy in The Virgin Suicides to the “female gothic” in The Beguiled. As Rogers shows, far from endorsing a facile and depoliticized postfeminism, Coppola’s films instead deploy beguilement, mood, and pleasure in the service of a robustly feminist philosophy.

Anna Backman Rogers is a Senior Lecturer in Feminist Philosophy and Visual Culture at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Her publications include American Independent Cinema: Rites of Passage and the Crisis Image (2015) and the collection Female Agency and Documentary Strategies: Subjectivities, Identity and Activism (2018, coedited with Boel Ulfsdotter).

Subject: Film Studies Gender Studies General Cultural Studies



Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements

Introduction: The Surface of The Image is Political

PART I: IMAGING ABSENCE AS ABJECTION AND IMAGING THE FEMALE GOTHIC AS RAGE

Chapter 1. The Virgin Suicides
Chapter 2. The Beguiled

PART II: EMPTY SUBJECTIVES AND MASCULINITY AS VOID

Chapter 3. Lost in Translation
Chapter 4. Somewhere

PART III: THE FEMAILE BODY AS PATRIARCHAL CURRENCY AND THE COMMODIFACTION AND THE COMMODIFICATION OF FEMALE IDENTITY

Chapter 5. Marie Antoinette
Chapter 6. The Bling Ring

Conclusion: On Beguilement

Bibliography
Index

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