Standard Article

Feminism, Cinema, and Film Criticism

4. 1976 to the Present

2. 1976–1988

  1. Lucy Fischer

Published Online: 13 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470671153.wbhaf072

The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film

The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film

How to Cite

Fischer, L. 2011. Feminism, Cinema, and Film Criticism. The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film. 4:2:70.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2011

Abstract

Before it is possible to discuss American feminist film criticism and film practice between 1976 and 1988, it is necessary briefly to trace the social/historical context in which such activities took place — “second wave” feminism in the United States. The “first wave,” of course, refers to events that transpired in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that were focused largely on women's property rights, opposition to chattel marriage, and the quest for suffrage. The “second wave,” on the other hand, marks occurrences that took place from the 1960s to the 1980s, drawing upon the gains of the prior women's movement.

Keywords:

  • feminism;
  • feminist film theory;
  • film criticism;
  • second wave American feminism;
  • female representation;
  • female filmmakers;
  • women's cinema;
  • feminist documentaries;
  • feminist experimental cinema