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[Hi all, please see the new issue of Scope below. Some information on a
relevant article on cyberfeminism is also provided. John].

Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies

The new articles are now online and can be accessed via the link below.


Parallax Historiography: The Fl=E2neuse as Cyberfeminist

By Catherine Russell, Concordia University, Canada

"Cyborg imagery can suggest a way out of the maze of dualisms in which we
have explained our bodies and our tools to
ourselves. This is a dream not of a common language, but of a powerful
infidel heteroglossia." Donna Haraway

Haraway's cyborg manifesto may seem an odd choice of theoretical paradigms
for developing insight into silent cinema; and yet
I would like to suggest that new media technologies have created new
theoretical "passages" back to the first decades of film
history. The fl=E2neuse, an imaginary construction of female subjectivity who
is our guide in this journey, is herself a cyborg. She
figures the relationship between women and technology as a mobile, fluid and
productive means of, in Haraway's words,
"building and destroying machines, identities, categories, relationships,
spaces, stories" (1997: 482). Recent developments in
film historiography by feminist theorists have shifted the emphasis from
textual analysis of the woman onscreen to the invisible
history of the spectator-subject. As Patrice Petro puts it, "In contrast to
formalist film historians, who seek to recover what is
increasingly becoming a lost object, feminists have been primarily concerned
to unearth the history of the (found) female
subject" (1990: 11). This is a discovery that calls for discourse drawn from
the utopian genres of techno-feminism.


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