Feminist Film Studies

BookFeminist Film Studies

Feminist Film Studies

A Teacher's Guide

Teacher's Guides and Classroom Resources


March 19th, 2008




This book is aimed at helping media and film studies teachers introduce the basics of feminist film theory, a complex area that is nonetheless essential for studying the moving image. No prior knowledge of the theory is required as author Terri Murray explains key terminology and the contributions of influential authors whose seminal texts have influenced understanding of gender representation in the visual media, such as John Berger and Laura Mulvey, all illustrated with useful case studies. Films and filmmakers discussed include Blonde Venus, Psycho, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, The Last Seduction, Strange Days, Beau Travail, and 'unexpected heroes' of feminist film—Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct) and Spike Lee (She Hate Me).


Author Information

Terri Murray studied film and television at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. A former documentary filmmaker, she has taught film studies and written on film and philosophy for over twelve years.