The Politics of VISUAL PLEASURE 30 years on: The Work of Laura Mulvey

Date: June 18, 2005
Venue: Cambridge, England, UK

2005 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Laura Mulvey’s seminal essay ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema’, which polemically tracked the gendered nature of spectatorship in Hollywood cinema. The essay appeared in the journal Screen, which itself became the rallying point for a new kind of post-’68, politically-impelled, psychoanalytically-informed screen theory. In this one-day conference, we acknowledge the importance of Mulvey’s work, which became extraordinarily influential in that rich interdisciplinary terrain where ideas from post-structuralism flooded into film, literary and cultural studies, stimulating innovative directions in textual and phenomenological analyses and in media and cultural sociology; but which also, as significantly, envisaged a meeting point between film theory and the practice of film-making. As a consequence of its fertility, the essay entered the canon and, as Mulvey has acknowledged, attained the status of orthodoxy.

Among the speakers are Laura Mulvey, Mandy Merck, Annette Kuhn, Emma Wilson, Diane Negra and Andrew Webber, with Colin MacCabe, Juliet Mitchell, Mary Jacobus, David Trotter and others as discussants and session chairs.

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