Past event

Flappers on film: the young modern woman in 1920s cinema -- Professor Laura Mulvey

The Department of Film Studies and the St Andrews Institute for Gender Studies are delighted to welcome you to a guest lecture with Professor Laura Mulvey. In this presentation Professor Laura Mulvey will revisit her long-standing interest in the flapper film. The energetic and self-sufficient young modern woman who emerged into city life and onto the screen in the 1920s first caught her attention as a possible antidote to the woman as spectacle, discussed in her 1975 essay ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema'. The flapper's image was, by and large, emblematic of an aspiration to economic and emotional freedom, carried onto the screen, by the mobility of the cinema itself in the late silent period.

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