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The Acoustic Mirror: The Female Voice in Psychoanalysis and Cinema (Theories of Representation and Difference)

 
 
 
 
The Acoustic Mirror: The Female Voice in Psychoanalysis and Cinema (Theories of Representation and Difference)
Author: Kaja Silverman
ISBN 13: 9780253204745
ISBN 10: 253204747
Edition: Fifth or Later Edition
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: 1988-04-22
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
List Price: $21.00
 
 

"... a vitally new understanding that takes us from the terms of the representation of sexual difference to an anatomy of female subjectivity which will be widely influential." — Stephen Heath

"An original work likely to have significant impact on all those with an interest in the vibrant intersection of feminism, film theory, and psychoanalysis... " — Naomi Schor

"... powerfully argued study... impressive... " — Choice

"... important because of its innovative work on Hollywood's ideologically-charged construction of subjectivity.... what is exciting about The Acoustic Mirror is that it inspires one to reevaluate a number of now classical theoretical texts, and to see films with an eye to how authorship is constructed and subjectivity is generated." — Literature and Psychology

"As evocative as it is shrewdly systematic, the pioneering theory of female subjectivity formulated in the final three chapters will have wide impact as a major contribution to feminist theory." — SubStance

The Acoustic Mirror attempts to do for the sound-track what feminist film theory of the past decade has done for the image-track — to locate the points at which it is productive of sexual difference. The specific focus is the female voice understood not merely as spoken dialogue, narration, and commentary, but as a fantasmatic projection, and as a metaphor for authorship.