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Looking Across the Lens
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Wendy Kolmar is professor of English and women's and gender studies at Drew University. She specializes in Victorian literature, gothics, and feminist criticism.

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WSQ: Looking Across the Lens

Volume 30, Numbers 1 & 2: Spring/Summer 2002
Edited by Wendy Kolmar

As one of the most powerful media for imagining gender, film has been a source of inspiring icons, constraining clichés, and new models of the future for women. This collection explores the intense dialogue that has emerged as women have looked harder at how film effects them—and how they can affect film.

Beginning with a reassessment of film theory from the perspectives of women's studies (Tania Modleski), feminist and postcolonial theory (Corinn Columpar), and race (Janell Hobson), the issue lays the groundwork for new approaches to film's treatment of women. Surprising results follow in essays that find pop culture feminism in The Stepford Wives and Girls Town, trace the interplay of gender and (dis)ability in The Sweet Hereafter, and identify Whoopi Goldberg in Boys on the Side as the "lesbian mammy."

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