Research into and around women's participation in cinematic history has enjoyed dynamic growth over the past decade. A broadening of scope and interests encompasses not only different kinds of filmmaking--mainstream fiction, experimental, and documentary--but also practices--publicity, journalism, distribution and exhibition--seldom explored in the past. Cutting-edge and inclusive, Doing Women's Film History ventures into topics in the United States and Europe while also moving beyond to explore the influence of women on the cinemas of India, Chile, Turkey, Russia, and Australia. Contributors grapple with historiographic questions that cover film history from the pioneering era to the present day. Yet the writers also address the very mission of practicing scholarship. Essays explore essential issues like identifying women's participation in their cinema cultures, locating previously unconsidered sources of evidence, developing methodologies and analytical concepts to reveal the impact of gender on film production, distribution and reception, and reframing film history to accommodate new questions and approaches. Contributors include: Kay Armatage, Eylem Atakav, Karina Aveyard, Canan Balan, Cecile Chich, Monica Dall'Asta, Eliza Anna Delveroudi, Jane M. Gaines, Christine Gledhill, Julia Knight, Neepa Majumdar, Michele Leigh, Luke McKernan, Debashree Mukherjee, Giuliana Muscio, Katarzyna Paszkiewicz, Rashmi Sawhney, Elizabeth Ramirez Soto, Sarah Street, and Kimberly Tomadjoglou."
This useful anthology spans continents and centuries, introducing women, events, and innovative feminist historiographical strategies that will spur us on to further discovery and provide us tools to interpret our findings.--Leslie DeBauche, author of Reel Patriotism: The Movies and World War I
Christine Gledhill is Visiting Professor in Cinema Studies at the University of Sunderland, editor of Gender meets Genre in Postwar Cinemas and co-founder with Julia Knight of the Women s Film & Television History Network-UK/Ireland. Julia Knight is Professor of Moving Image and Director of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland. She is the co-author of Researching Audiences: Distribution and Promotion of Alternative Moving Image."