Sofia Coppola: The Politics of Visual Pleasure (Paperback)

Sofia Coppola: The Politics of Visual Pleasure (Paperback)

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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, miscontrues rich, ambiguous, meaningful films.

Drawing on insights from feminist philosophy and psychology, author Anne Backman Rogers 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.


“Rogers's book led this reviewer to rewatch some of Coppola's films and decide that at least Lost in Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006) are masterpieces. What can be better than a book of criticism that leads one to revise one's own aesthetic judgments?” • Choice

“This is a forceful and necessary feminist intervention in film theory; Anna Backman Rogers brilliantly carves out a space for work that is usually marginalized as pretty, as superficial, as ineffable, insisting we reckon head-on with the politics of seeing the world through a woman’s perspective. And she does it in wonderfully straight-talking prose that doesn't shy away from controversy, underlining how necessary it is to tackle these questions, now more than ever.” • Lauren Elkin, author of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London

  • Publisher : Berghahn Books; 1st edition (November 29, 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 200 pages
  • Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.9 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches