Genre Trouble: Interrogating the Gaze through Film Genre (Part 1) (Panel)


Women's and Gender Studies / Cultural Studies and Media Studies

Ruth Z. Yuste-Alonso (University of Connecticut)

Feminist film critics have pioneered work on the intimate relationship between gender and genre, thus problematizing and unsettling long-standing dominant narratives, structures of looking, and spectatorial positions. Indeed, much of the work by feminist filmmakers showcases an innovative use of genre conventions that opens up new narrative avenues and destabilizes audiences’ expectations. Considering its historical dimension, the notion of film genre becomes an invaluable category and tool to explore questions not only on sexual difference, but also on sexual orientation, race, class, or culture. This panel invites submissions that explore the way in which filmmakers use genre conventions in their work in order to challenge and complicate hegemonic master narratives, gazes, and positionalities. Proposals on Women’s Cinema(s) and LGBTQ cinema(s) are particularly welcome.


Feminist film critics have pioneered work on the intimate relationship between gender and genre, thus problematizing and unsettling long-standing dominant narratives, structures of looking, and spectatorial positions. Indeed, much of the work by feminist filmmakers showcases an innovative use of genre conventions that opens up new narrative avenues and destabilizes audiences’ expectations. Considering its historical dimension, the notion of film genre becomes an invaluable category and tool to explore questions not only on sexual difference but also on sexual orientation, race, class, or culture. This panel invites submissions that explore the way in which filmmakers use genre conventions in their work in order to challenge and complicate hegemonic master narratives, gazes, and positionalities. Proposals on women’s cinema(s) or LGBTQ cinema(s) are particularly welcome.