CHI Salon - Feminist Encounters and Film Criticism: Reframing 1970s US Film Histories by Professor Amelie Hastie
Wednesday, November 2 at 4:30pm at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry Think Tank in Frost Library
During this CHI Salon, FAMS own Professor Amelie Hastie shares her current research on 1970s' cinema in the US, in which she links feminist inquiry, film form, and the creative possibilities of essayistic writing.
Whereas common narratives of 1970s American film have heralded those white male maverick directors who are understood as forces behind filmic and technological changes, this period of cinematic liberation coincided with both the Civil Rights and the Women’s Movements. My current research focused on this period seeks to liberate those dominant narratives regarding ’70s cinema in great part by linking feminist inquiry, film form, and the creative possibilities of essayistic writing. As Laura Mulvey remarks in Fetishism and Curiosity, “The language of the mind finds a resonance in the language of cinema.” My current research on 1970s US film and feminist inquiry has three “resonating” goals. First, I am exploring critical orientations and re-orientations through historiographical methods. Second, I am adding an affective dimension of vulnerability to acts of such detection. And third, I am posing a re-orientation of essay form via descriptive analyses of both cinematic texts and their histories of production. Focusing on a series of scenes from feature films of the 1970s, I am developing a layered form of writing and presentation in an attempt to unshackle film criticism from conventional academic form. - Amelie Hastie