Dr Sarah Dillon’s new book, Deconstruction, Feminism, Film is published this month with Edinburgh University Press. The writings of Jacques Derrida have had a profound but complex influence on both film studies and on feminism. In the first work of its kind, Deconstruction, Feminism, Film explores the interconnections between these three fields through detailed filmic and philosophical close readings. Employing a dual feminist methodology of critique and generation, the book probes the feminist faultlines in Derrida’s thought and generates original feminist insight into key concerns of contemporary film studies, including spectatorship, realism vs artifice, narrative, adaptation, auto/biography and the still. In theory and in practice, Deconstruction, Feminism, Film performs the possibilities of a new twenty-first century feminist spectatorship.
- Includes a detailed critique of Derrida’s thinking about gender, sexuality, film and the visual
- An active work of film philosophy, performing its general philosophical work through singular close readings
- Theorises and performs the possibilities of a deconstructive feminist film critical practice
- Offers new feminist theories of key concerns of film studies including spectatorship, realism vs artifice, narrative, adaptation, auto/biography and the still
- Places key deconstructive visual texts within their cinematic as well as philosophical contexts