Sofia Coppola: The Politics of Visual Pleasure (Paperback)

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Sofia Coppola: The Politics of Visual Pleasure (Paperback)


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A feminist study of the mood, texture, tone, and multifaceted meaning of director Sofia Coppola's aesthetic through her most influential and well-known films.

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"With this book Rogers has produced a sophisticated and impassioned analysis of Coppola's work... Rogers's main argument - that Coppola manipulates pleasurable images to unsettle rather than mollify us - is utterly convincing. If nothing else, this certainly hits home in relation to my own enchantment with Coppola's work."-Bright Lights Film Journal

All too often, the movies of Sofia Coppola have been dismissed as "all style, no substance." But such an easy caricature, as this engaging and accessible survey of Coppola's oeuvre demonstrates, fundamentally misconstrues what are rich, ambiguous, meaningful films.

Drawing on insights from feminist philosophy and psychology, the author here takes an original approach to Coppola, exploring vital themes from the subversion of patriarchy in The Virgin Suicides to the "female gothic" in The Beguiled. As Rogers shows, far from endorsing a facile and depoliticized postfeminism, Coppola's films instead deploy beguilement, mood, and pleasure in the service of a robustly feminist philosophy.

From the Introduction:
Sofia Coppola possesses a highly sophisticated and intricate knowledge of how images come to work on us; that is, she understands precisely how to construct an image - what to add in and what to remove - in order to achieve specific moods, tones and cinematic affects. She knows that similar kinds of images can have vastly different effects on the viewer depending on their context.... This monograph is an extended study of Coppola's outstanding ability to think through and in images.

Anna Backman Rogers is Professor of Aesthetics and Culture specialising in Feminist Theory at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She is the author of American Independent Cinema: Rites of Passage and the Crisis Image (2015) and the co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the experimental journal MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture.
Product Details ISBN: 9781785339752
ISBN-10: 1785339753
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Publication Date: November 29th, 2018
Pages: 200
Language: English