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Laura Mulvey, Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema
Laura Mulvey born 15 August is a British feminist film theorist. She was educated at St Hilda's College , Oxford. She is currently professor of film and media studies at Birkbeck, University of London. She worked at the British Film Institute for many years before taking up her current position. Mulvey is best known for her essay, "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema", written in and published in in the influential British film theory journal Screen. It later appeared in a collection of her essays entitled Visual and Other Pleasures , as well as in numerous other anthologies.
Visual and Other Pleasures pp Cite as. This paper intends to use psychoanalysis to discover where and how the fascination of film is reinforced by pre-existing patterns of fascination already at work within the individual subject and the social formations that have moulded him. It takes as its starting-point the way film reflects, reveals and even plays on the straight, socially established interpretation of sexual difference which controls images, erotic ways of looking and spectacle. It is helpful to understand what the cinema has been, how its magic has worked in the past, while attempting a theory and a practice which will challenge this cinema of the past. Psychoanalytic theory is thus appropriated here as a political weapon, demonstrating the way the unconscious of patriarchal society has structured film form.