Tania Modleski  

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feminist film theory

Tania Modleski is an American post-feminist literary and film theorist, author of such boosk as The Terror of Pleasure and Loving with a Vengeance (1982).

In Loving with a Vengeance she wrote on the criticism on women's fiction:

"Popular women’s fiction has come under attack for a number of different reasons. For one, popular culture specialists raise the issue of the passive consumption by women of mass-culture products which present women with negative role models. Most leisure-time activities are, in fact, passive, and few critics fault male readers with passivity when they read detective novels or westerns." –page 2

In "The Master's Dollhouse: Rear Window," Modleski argues that Hitchock's film, Rear Window, is an example of the power of male gazer and the position of the female as a prisoner of the "master's dollhouse".

In The Women Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock and Feminist Theory, she further examens the role of women in Hitchcock's films.


"Tania Modleski claims that critical approaches to Hitchcock have falsely fallen into two camps: either he is seen as a misogynist, or he is seen as sympathetic to women in his demonstration of women's plight in patriarchy. In opposition to these positions, Modleski asserts that Hitchcock is ambivalent towards his female characters. Applying the theories of psychoananlysis, mass culture, and a broad range of film and feminist criticism, Modleski presents careful and fascinating readings of seven Hitchcock films from various periods in his career." --from the publisher





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