Cinematic Howling

Women's Films, Women's Film Theories

Hoi F. Cheu

  • Published: 2007. Paperback 2008
  • Subject Listing: Film Studies, Women's Studies, Cultural Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 216 pp., 10 photos, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Cinematic Howling presents a refreshingly unorthodox framework for feminist film studies. Instead of criticizing mainstream movies from feminist perspectives, Hoi Cheu focuses on women's filmmaking itself. Integrating systems theory and feminist aesthetics in his close readings of films and screenplays by women, he considers how women engage the process of storytelling in cinema. The importance of these films, he argues, is not merely that they reflect women's perceptions, but that they have the power to reframe experiences and, consequently, to transform life.

A major contribution to feminist scholarship that will appeal to scholars of both gender and film, Cinematic Howling is written in an approachable and inviting style, full of vivid examples and attention to detail, which will suit both undergraduate and graduate courses in gender, film, and cultural studies.
Hoi F. Cheu teaches film theory and applied media aesthetics at Laurentian University, where he is the Director of the Centre for Humanities Research and Creativity.

"A timely and important book for feminist film and cultural studies. Cheu is sensitive to the films and literature he treats. He posits an original framework for thinking about women's writing and for situating feminist debates on gender identity and writing within theories of transnational culture and politics."
-Janine Marchessault, Canada Research Chair in Art and Digital Media, York University

1. Feminist Film Theory and the Postfeminist Era: Disney's Mulan
2. Howling for Multitudes: Angela Carter's The Company of Wolves
3. The Female Authorial Voice: Marguerite Duras' Hiroshima mon amour
4. Beyond Freud and Lacan: Susan Streitfeld's Female Perversions
5. Cathartic Meta-narrative: Ls Varda's Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond)
8. From Text to Context: Metadocumentary and Skyworks
9. Filling the Theory Vacuum: Marleen Gorris' Antonia