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Spectacular physicalities: female athleticism in contemporary cinema

Lindner, Katharina (2009) Spectacular physicalities: female athleticism in contemporary cinema. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This thesis provides a critical account of contemporary female sports films. The research presented here is interdisciplinary in nature as it is situated in relation to (feminist) discourses around women and/in sport as well as women and/in cinema. Taking into account the embodied, discursive and psychic dimensions of identity and subjectivity, I investigate the ‘troubling’ implications of female athleticism within cinematic representation. Focusing on fictional, feature-length films, I provide insight as to the wider generic contexts in which depictions of female athleticism take place (i.e., the (male) sports film, the action cinema, melodrama and the musical). I explore the kinds of (heroic) narratives constructed around athletic female protagonists as well as the significance of the display of athletic female bodies ‘in action’. This allows me to provide insights as to the identities and subject positions (re-)constituted and privileged by these films. I additionally discuss the ways in which depictions of the athletic female body and its active physicality complicate (conceptualisations of) cinematic spectatorship. The film analyses are underpinned by a concern about female spectatorship in particular – about the relationship between the female spectator and the athletic female bodies on screen – and about the pleasures and anxieties cinematic depictions of female athleticism might provide.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Due to copyright restrictions the full text of this thesis cannot be made available online. Access to the printed version is available once any embargo periods have expired.
Keywords: gender, body, cinema, spectatorship, embodiment, physicality, sport, feminism, textual analysis
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Supervisor's Name: Geraghty, Prof. Christine and Boyle, Dr. Karen
Date of Award: 2009
Depositing User: Ms Katharina Lindner
Unique ID: glathesis:2009-611
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2009
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2013 14:40
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/611

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