The University Record, September 12, 1994

Feminist film theory series result of collaboration

Growing campuswide interest in feminist film theory has resulted in the development of a five-program series titled “Beyond Pleasures and Principles: New Paradigms in Feminist Film Theory.”

The program was put together by graduate students Liz Brent (American culture), Susan Crutchfield (English) and Sarah Madsen (English).

Madsen says the idea for a program on feminist film theory took root several years ago during ongoing discussions with a small group of graduate students.

A number of people across campus were collaborating on the topic but it didn’t have a “home.” “This is a big University and no one program quite fits the topic,” Madsen explains.

Discussion of the series got serious near the end of winter term 1993, resulting in a program that has drawn together people in the Women’s Studies Program, Program in Film and Video Studies, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS), Department of English and Program in American Culture/Latina/Latino Studies.

Masden notes that the series includes “really top-notch speakers” in the field, and she particularly encourages undergraduates to attend the programs.

Scheduled are:

  • Jane Gaines, “Feminist Heterosexuality and Its Politically Incorrect Pleasures,” Sept. 15, sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program.

  • Rosa Linda Fregoso, “Screening Homegirls, Cholas, and Pachucas,” Sept. 22, sponsored by the Program in American Culture and Latina/Latino Studies.

  • Michele Wallace, “The Impact of Black Minstrelsy on Hollywood Cinema: From ‘Imitation of Life’ to ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?’” Oct. 27, sponsored by CAAS.

    Miriam Hansen, “What’s Left? Of Feminist Film Theory and the Frankfurt School,” Nov. 17, sponsored by the Program in Film and Video Studies.

  • Kaja Silverman, “Political Ecstasy,” sponsored by the Department of English.

    Additional campus units sponsoring the series include Anthropology, Comparative Literature, German, History of Art, LS&A, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, Residential College, Romance Languages and Student Academic Multicultural Initiatives.