Women, Islam and Cinema
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Dönmez-Colin examines prevalent cinematic archetypes, including the naïve country girl who is deceived and dishonored, or the devious seductress who destroys the sanctity of marriage, and looks well at controversial elements such as screen rape, which, feminist film critics claim, caters to male voyeurism. She also discusses recurring themes, such as the myths of femininity, the endorsement of polygamy and the obsession with male children, as well as the most common stereotypes, depicting women as mothers, wives and daughters.
Given the diversity of cultures, rather than viewing national cinemas as aspects of a single development, the author focuses on individual histories, traditions and social and economic circumstances as points of reference, which are examined in the context of social and political evolution and the status of women within Islam.
Women, Islam and Cinema is a much-needed and timely work that will appeal to the curious reader as well as to the student of film.
"Informative and concise . . . Has moments of great insight into films, social context, and the interplay of modernity and tradition in Turkisth and Iranian cinema."
1. representations of women
2. violence against women and the politics of rape
3. islamist cinema as a genre
4. women's films, films about women
5. women heroes of the new iranian cinema
films and addresses