Applying a broad range of theory to film, this work highlights and explains feminist issues, with analyses. It begins with an historical survey of contemporary feminist theory, visual aesthetics and film theory, with a particular focus on the work of Laura Mulvey, Annette Kuhn, E. Ann Kaplan and bell hooks. Other chapters examine the issues of reproduction, pornography and the gaze, autobiography and literary theory, postmodernism, black feminism and "the personal is political" in relation to a variety of mainstream and independent films, including "Klute", "Dead Ringers", "A Question of Silence", "Orlando" and "Daughters of the Dust".
Maggie Humm is a Professor of Cultural Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of East London. She is the author of many books including Snapshots of Bloomsbury: The Private Lives of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell (Tate Publishing & Rutgers University Press, 2006) and Modernist Women and Visual Cultures: Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Photography and Cinema (Edinburgh University Press & Rutgers University Press 2002).