Captive Bodies: Postcolonial Subjectivity in Cinema

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Captive Bodies examines the film industry’s fascination with bondage and captivity, seeking to revisualize American cinema through the lens of critical discourse on captivity narratives, slave narratives, and postcolonial critiques of cinematic constructions of “whiteness,” “blackness,” gender, and sexuality. Captivity is also examined here in relation to both those in front and behind the camera. Are we “subject” to others? Are we “bound” and “captive” in images? Are we “captive” bodies and “captive” audiences, held hostage to the spectacles of voyeuristic pleasure? Are those behind the camera involved in a process not unlike that of the slave system, enslaving the body in the image? To answer these and other questions, Captive Bodies draws upon a wide range of critical methodologies, including postcolonial studies, feminist film criticism, anthropology, and phenomenology.
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About the author

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster is Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Nebraska. She is also the author of Women Film Directors: An International Bio-Critical Dictionary and Women Filmmakers of the African and Asian Diaspora: Decolonizing the Gaze, Locating Subjectivity.

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Publisher
SUNY Press
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Pages
249
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ISBN
9781438403069
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Language
English
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Social Science / Popular Culture
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