International Cinema and the Girl

9781137388919

 

International Cinema and the Girl was conceived in a pub in London after a conference that was devoted to porn cultures.  The conference was not the most enjoyable I had attended but the conventions that took place afterward with Fiona made it clear that she and I had a very similar desire to explore how cinema represent and engaged with the girl – however you define her.  This conversation resulted in the above book. It is fair to say the book suffered a variety of setback and issues over the three year period it became reality but it is a product we are really pleased with. We have a series of really wonderful chapters that add a great deal to the debate on cinema and  girlhood studies.

The book is divided into four main sections, each exploring a key aspect of international cinemas engagement with the girl in all her forms.
PART I: GIRLHOOD AND POSTFEMINISM GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
1. The Showgirl Effect: Adolescent Girls and (Precarious) “technologies of sexiness” in Contemporary Italian Cinema; Danielle Hipkins,
2. Girlfriends, Postfeminism, and the European Chick-Flick in France; Mary Harrod
3. Warrior of Love: Japanese Girlhood and Postfeminist Corporeality in Cutie Honey (Hideaki Anno, 2004); Joel Gwynne
PART II: PHILOSOPHIES OF GIRLHOOD ON FILM
4. Feminine Adolescence and Transgressive Materiality in the Films of Lucrecia Martel; Deborah Martin
5. A Phenomenology of Girlhood: Being Mia in Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009); Lucy Bolton
6. Desire, Outcast: Locating Queer Adolescence; Clara Bradbury-Rance
7. Bye-Bye to Betty’s Blues and “La Bonne Meuf”: Temporal Drag and Queer Subversions of the Rom-com in Bye Bye Blondie (Virginie Despentes, 2011); Lara Cox
PART III: SONIC YOUTH: GIRLHOOD, MUSIC, AND IDENTITY
8. “Chica Dificil”: Music, Identity, and Agency in Real Women Have Curves (Patricia Cardoso, 2002); Tim McNelis
9. Emotion, Girlhood and Music in Naissance des pieuvres/Water Lilies (Céline Sciamma, 2007) and Un amour de jeunesse/Goodbye, First Love (Mia Hansen-Løve, 2011); Fiona Handyside
10. The Pleasures of Music Video Aesthetics in Girl Teen Film; Samantha Colling
PART IV: EXTRA-ORDINARY GIRLHOODS
11. Where’s Girlhood? The Female Child Killer in Where’s Mary? (Tony Hickson, 2005); Lisa Downing
12. Performing History: Girlhood and The Apple (Samira Makhmalbaf, 1998); Margherita Sprio
13. Girlhood in a Warzone: African Child Soldiers on Film; Kate Taylor-Jones
14. Daddy’s Little Sidekick: The Girl Superhero in Contemporary Cinema; Marty Zeller-Jacques