Glamour, Nostalgia and Film Memory: Contemporary Popular Culture and the Femme Fatale

In this week's blog, Katherine Farrimond writes from a very contemporary perspective on the enduring cinematic figure of the femme fatale. Further to the publication of her monograph, she considers how recent examples in film and television create different dialogues between past and present. In my book, The Contemporary Femme Fatale: Gender, Genre and American Cinema, I was … Continue reading Glamour, Nostalgia and Film Memory: Contemporary Popular Culture and the Femme Fatale

Whedon, Weinstein and Why Feminism Matters

In a very timely reflection, Lorna Jowett considers the position of the feminist scholar in the light of recent revelations of systemic abuse within Hollywood. Weinstein may present a depressingly familiar story; by comparison, the case of Joss Whedon has given rise to different questions for feminists concerning Buffy and authorship.  Is there a need … Continue reading Whedon, Weinstein and Why Feminism Matters

Feminist Musings: How to Like Ripper Street

In another of our republications from CST Online, Elke Weissmann considers Ripper Street.  Whilst that series is no longer on our screens, despite a brief revival on Amazon Prime, Elke offers us a layered reading which identifies a particular kind of 'contradiction' experienced by modern spectatorship in the face of politically-dissonant material: '...by engaging with the exact … Continue reading Feminist Musings: How to Like Ripper Street

Television: Where Patriarchy and Grown-Up Cinema Go To Die

In the following article, Julia Havas offers us a nuanced analysis of the apparent underlying assumptions informing critical debates over modern long-form television versus cinema.  She examines how gender and feminism are mobilised in these discussions in a way which conflates all kinds of women-centric texts into one homogenous form; their multiplicity has been streamlined by … Continue reading Television: Where Patriarchy and Grown-Up Cinema Go To Die

TV’S Evil Queens

TV's Evil Queens by Lorna Jowett In the third of our featured blogs from CST Online on women and television history, Lorna Jowett considers television’s female villains. She returns us to the 1970s and a true ‘evil queen’ of British science-fiction drama, Servalan of Blake’s 7: ‘She’s a true power-grabbing, back-stabbing, I-want-to-rule-the-world villain. And, to … Continue reading TV’S Evil Queens