Female Agencies and Subjectivities in Film and Television

by Digdem Sezen, Feride Cicekoglu, Asli Tunc & Ebru Thwaites Diken (eds.) (2020)

This volume provides an overview of the landscape of mediated female agencies and subjectivities in the last decade. In three sections, the book covers the films of women directors, television shows featuring women in lead roles, and the representational struggles of women in cultural context, with a special focus on changes in the transformative power of narratives and images across genres and platforms. This collection derives from the editors’ multi-year experiences as scholars and practitioners in the field of film and television. It is an effort that aims to describe and understand female agencies and subjectivities across screen narratives, gather scholars from around the world to generate timely discussions, and inspire fellow researchers and practitioners of film and television.

-Discusses the concepts of female agency and subjectivities in film and television through cases in the last decade, investigating emerging notions in the field and introducing original research
-Focuses on how the politics of gender are mediated, what kind of transformative power film and television narratives poses and how technological developments and new media forms challenge existing perspectives and re-imagine the possible future directions
-Offers intercultural and international perspectives on globally distributed film and television content, as well as bringing critically acclaimed non-Western examples into focus

   / Sezen, Diğdem (et al.) (1-8)
Agnès Varda and the Singular Feminine
   / Kennedy-Karpat, Colleen (11-25)
Female Agency in Pelin Esmer Films: The Play (2005) and Queen Lear (2019)
   / Çiçekoğlu, Feride (27-43)
The Feminine Indistinction in Susanne Bier’s Cinema: The Brothers (2004), In a Better World (2010), Bird Box (2018)
   / Thwaites Diken, Ebru (45-63)
Consuming Bodies, Abject Spaces: Ana Lily Amirpour’s Transcultural Expressionism
   / Mansbridge, Joanna (65-83)
Claire Underwood: Feminist Warrior or Shakespearean Villain? Re-visiting Feminine Evil in House of Cards
   / Tunç, Aslı (87-105)
The Phenomenology of Orphan Black as Molecular Politics
   / Barattoni, Luca (107-125)
‘I Will Not Be Bullied into Submission’: Discussing Subjection and Resistance in GLOW (2017)
   / Unur, Ayşegül Kesirli & Arslan, Nilufer Neslihan (127-143)
Female Body Language: Cutting, Scarring, and Becoming in HBO’s Sharp Objects
   / Harper, Mihaela P. (145-163)
The Strong Female Lead: Postfeminist Representation of Women and Femininity in Netflix Shows
   / Özkan, Derya & Hardt, Deborah (165-187)
The Technological Turn of the Femme Fatale: The Fembot and Alternative Fates
   / Erensoy, Şirin Fulya (191-207)
Women Remembering: Gender and Genre in Persona and Happy Valley
   / Sharpe, Kenan Behzat (209-227)
Bridal Anxieties: Politics of Gender, Neoconservatism and Daytime TV in Turkey
   / Sayan-Cengiz, Feyda (229-248)
International Filmmor Women’s Film Festival on Wheels: “Women’s Cinema, Women’s Resistance, Cinema of Resistance”
   / Haydari, Nazan (249-269)
Machine Gaze on Women: How Everyday Machine-Vision-Technologies See Women in Films
   / Sezen, Diğdem (271-293)

- Diğdem Sezen is a lecturer at Teesside University, School of Computing, Engineering and Digital Technologies, Department of Communications, Media and Arts, UK. She holds a Ph.D. from Istanbul University, Turkey.
- Feride Çiçekoğlu holds a Ph.D. in architecture from University of Pennsylvania, USA. Her stint in prison during the military junta of 1980 in Turkey was the inspiration for her first novella, which she later adapted to screen and used as a springboard to build a second academic career in film.
- Aslı Tunç is a professor of media studies and communication at Department of Media at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. She holds a Ph.D. in media and communications at Temple University, USA.
- Ebru Thwaites Diken is an assistant professor in the Department of Film and Television at İstanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. She holds a a PhD in Sociology from Lancaster University, UK.  



"This wide-ranging collection of essays, developed out of a highly stimulating conference held at Istanbul's Bilgï University in April 2019, treats the hugely important topic of women's agency and subjectivity/ies in international film and television. From mainstream shows like HBO's /Sharp Objects/ to the films of Danish and Iranian auteur-e-s Susanne Bier and Ana Lily Amirpour, and with two essays on machine vision technologies and the fembot as technological femme fatale, its varied stimulating essays represent a valuable addition to the international literature on female subjectivity/ies and agency."
--*Professor Kate Ince, *University of Birmingham, UK, author of /The Body and the Screen: Female Subjectivity in Contemporary Women's Cinema/

“This volume is an exuberant account of ways in which female agencies and subjectivities in visual culture have expanded and multiplied through digital technology and globalization. It is an invaluable contribution to contemporary discussions in film and television studies, as well as feminist theory and practice. “
*--Prof. Dr. Suheyla Schroeder*, Berlin International University of Applied Sciences, Germany


Female Agencies and Subjectivities in Film and Television.
Ed. by Digdem Sezen, Feride Cicekoglu, Asli Tunc & Ebru Thwaites Diken.
Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, xvii, 300 p., ill.
ISBN 9783030560997 (hb., EUR 103,99)
ISBN 9783030561000 (eb., EUR 85,59)
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