International Cinema and the Girl

Local Issues, Transnational Contexts

  • Editors
  • Fiona Handyside
  • Kate Taylor-Jones

Part of the Global Cinema book series (GLOBALCINE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Fiona Handyside, Kate Taylor-Jones
      Pages 1-18
  3. Girlhood and Postfeminism: Global Perspectives

  4. Philosophies of Girlhood in Film

  5. Sonic Youth: Girlhood, Music, and Identity

  6. Extraordinary Girlhoods

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 207-219

About this book


From the precocious charms of Shirley Temple to the box-office behemoth Frozen and its two young female leads, Anna and Elsa, the girl has long been a figure of fascination for cinema. The symbol of (imagined) childhood innocence, the site of intrigue and nostalgia for adults, a metaphor for the precarious nature of subjectivity itself, the girl is caught between infancy and adulthood, between objectification and power. She speaks to many strands of interest for film studies: feminist questions of cinematic representation of female subjects; historical accounts of shifting images of girls and childhood in the cinema; and philosophical engagements with the possibilities for the subject in film. This collection considers the specificity of girls' experiences and their cinematic articulation through a multicultural feminist lens which cuts across the divides of popular/art-house, Western/non Western, and north/south. Drawing on examples from North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, the contributors bring a new understanding of the global/local nature of girlhood and its relation to contemporary phenomena such as post-feminism, neoliberalism and queer subcultures. Containing work by established and emerging scholars, this volume explodes the narrow post-feminist canon and expands existing geographical, ethnic, and historical accounts of cinematic cultures and girlhood.


Girlhood teen film tween film Post feminism Feminism Auteur Female Directors French Cinema Italian Cinema Japanese Cinema British Cinema Iranian Cinema US popular cinema Music on film Chick-flicks Argentinian Cinema Action Cinema Germany Cinema adolescence child soldiers cinema film girlhood girls identity women

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