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Author Mennel, Barbara Caroline, author.

Title Women at work in twenty-first-century European cinema / Barbara Mennel.

Publication Info. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2019]

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Description 1 online resource (ix, 243 pages)
Summary "Reproducing Europe argues that current European films focus on female characters in order to negotiate the transformations of labor of the last decades. Based on an analysis of approximately two hundred European films made since 2000 that focus on the relationship of women to their work, the book analyzes a cross-section of national cinemas and film genres, clustered according to pertinent topics in the theories of gendered labor. As reproductive labor now also includes the "donation" of eggs and organs, and the possibility of outsourcing pregnancy, dystopian narratives tell stories of refugees and clones who become the raw materials for organ harvesting. Farces and comedies exaggerate the habits of the global managerial class, while social realist dramas capture precarious working conditions in narratives about unemployed women. And films from countries affected by the global financial crisis (Greece, Spain, Portugal) emphasize the patriarchal family, a debt economy, and unemployment. Proposing the relevance of key concepts developed in second-wave feminist theory, the book updates categories of reproductive labor and the sexual contract. The postindustrial, neoliberal, and transnational character of Europe, with its decline of heavy industry, rise of service work, increase in migration since the expansion of the EU, and innovation in biotechnology has changed the organization of work. Films respond to these developments with a narrative emphasis on work, embodied by female characters more than ever before"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-232) and indexes.
Contents The specter of domesticity -- Precarious work in feminist film -- Heritage cinema of industrial labor -- Voice in the cinema of labor migration -- Care work and the suspicious gesture -- Reproductive labor in the age of biotechnology -- Crisis cinema.
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Subject Working women in motion pictures.
Motion pictures -- Europe -- History -- 21st century.
Motion pictures.
Working women in motion pictures.
Chronological Term 2000-2099
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Women at work in twenty-first-century European cinema Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2019] 9780252042225 (cloth : alk. paper) (DLC) 2018032356
ISBN 9780252050961 ebook
9780252042225 cloth : alk. paper