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Cinematic Howling
Women's Films, Women's Film Theories
Hoi Cheu  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 5/15/2007
ISBN: 9780774813785    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2008
ISBN: 9780774813792    

216 Pages

Cinematic Howling Teaching Guide [PDF]


About the Book

Cinematic Howling presents a refreshingly unorthodox framework for feminist film studies. Instead of criticizing mainstream movies from feminist perspectives, Hoi Cheu focuses on women’s filmmaking itself. Integrating systems theory and feminist aesthetics in his close readings of films and screenplays by women, he considers how women engage the process of storytelling in cinema. The importance of these films, he argues, is not merely that they reflect women’s perceptions, but that they have the power to reframe experiences and, consequently, to transform life.

A major contribution to feminist scholarship that will appeal to scholars of both gender and film, Cinematic Howling is written in an approachable and inviting style, full of vivid examples and attention to detail, which will suit both undergraduate and graduate courses in gender, film, and cultural studies.

About the Author(s)

Hoi F. Cheu teaches film theory and applied media aesthetics at Laurentian University, where he is the Director of the Centre for Humanities Research and Creativity.

Table of Contents


1) Feminist Film Theory and the Postfeminist Era: Disney’s Mulan

2) Howling for Multitudes: Angela Carter’s The Company of Wolves

3) The Female Authorial Voice: Marguerite Duras’ Hiroshima mon amour

4) Beyond Freud and Lacan: Susan Streitfeld’s Female Perversions

5) Cathartic Meta-narrative: Léa Pool’s Lost and Delirious and Barbara Sweete’s Perfect Pie (Two Scripts by Judith Thompson)

6) Diasporic Imagination and Transcultural Identity: Clara Law’s The Goddess of 1967

7) Representing Representation: Agnès Varda’s Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond)

8) From Text to Context: Metadocumentary and Skyworks

9) Filling the Theory Vacuum: Marleen Gorris’ Antonia





A timely and important book for feminist film and cultural studies. Cheu is sensitive to the films and literature he treats. He posits an original framework for thinking about women’s writing and for situating feminist debates on gender identity and writing within theories of transnational culture and politics.
- Janine Marchessault, Canada Research Chair in Art and Digital Media, York University

What a pleasant surprise that Cinematic Howling: Women’s Films, Women’s Film Theories, a new book for film and cultural studies, has all the elements of a good story with its unconventional title, engaging first person narrative and refreshing writing style! Yet Cinematic Howling is much more than a story about women’s films and feminist theory - it is an innovative theoretical work about gender identity and transnational culture with close readings that focus on the importance of storytelling in selected films by women filmmakers. ... Cheu has written an intriguing academic reference on women filmmakers....Cinematic Howling will prove very useful for feminist film analysis and cultural studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. While the author of Cinematic Howling reminds us that there are many voices involved in the field of women’s films, some of these voices might need more room for expression in film studies classes, alongside Cheu’s thoughtful book.
- Judith Plessis, Canadian Literature, No. 195, Winter 2007

Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Chapter One

Related Topics

Gender Studies
Cultural Studies
Film & Media Studies
Women's Studies

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