Framed: Women in Law and Film (Hardback)
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Framed: Women in Law and Film (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 19/01/2006
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Some women attack and harm men who abuse them. Social norms, law, and films all participate in framing these occurrences, guiding us in understanding and judging them. How do social, legal, and cinematic conventions and mechanisms combine to lead us to condemn these women or exonerate them? What is it, exactly, that they teach us to find such women guilty or innocent of, and how do they do so?

Through innovative readings of a dozen movies made between 1928 and 2001 in Europe, Japan, and the United States, Orit Kamir shows that in representing "gender crimes," feature films have constructed a cinematic jurisprudence, training audiences worldwide in patterns of judgment of women (and men) in such situations. Offering a novel formulation of the emerging field of law and film, Kamir combines basic legal concepts-murder, rape, provocation, insanity, and self-defense-with narratology, social science methodologies, and film studies.

Framed not only offers a unique study of law and film but also points toward new directions in feminist thought. Shedding light on central feminist themes such as victimization and agency, multiculturalism, and postmodernism, Kamir outlines a feminist cinematic legal critique, a perspective from which to evaluate the "cinematic legalism" that indoctrinates and disciplines audiences around the world. Bringing an original perspective to feminist analysis, she demonstrates that the distinction between honor and dignity has crucial implications for how societies construct women, their social status, and their legal rights. In Framed, she outlines a dignity-oriented, honor-sensitive feminist approach to law and film.

Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822336365
Number of pages: 352


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Framed is groundbreaking. It pushes law-and-film scholarship forward in significant ways. The question at its core is not how various groups are represented but rather the more difficult one of how we as legal or cinematic audiences are led to judge these groups. Orit Kamir doesn't simply `do' an analysis of a group of films. Rather, she uses a set of films as a vehicle to explore the mechanisms of judgment."-Rebecca Johnson, author of Taxing Choices: The Intersection of Class, Gender, Parenthood, and the Law
"In this fascinating book, Orit Kamir displays an original method for reading law and film that illuminates both a remarkable set of films from around the world and many of our deepest assumptions about law. All this is done from a powerful feministic perspective. I know nothing like it."-James Boyd White, author of The Edge of Meaning

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