Introduction: Visual pleasure and narrative cinema at forty

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It is forty years since Laura Mulvey’s “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” (“VP&NC”) was published in Screen (1975 mulvey, laura. 1975. “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.” Screen 16 (3): 6–18. ), establishing—in the first two decades after its publication—the gendered gaze, its political implications and possible permutations, as feminist film theory's dominant fascinations. The debate around Mulvey's essay began—as Sue Thornham notes below—almost immediately and has continued, in diverse contexts, across the decades.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)880-881
Number of pages2
JournalFeminist Media Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2015


  • Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema
  • Laura Mulvey
  • feminist film theory

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