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Feminist Film Theory and Pretty Woman

Mari Ruti

Mari Ruti (PhD, Harvard University) is Professor of Critical Theory at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is the author of five academic books:Reinventing the Soul: Posthumanist Theory and Psychic Life (2006); A World of Fragile Things: Psychoanalysis and the Art of Living (2009); The Summons of Love (2011); The Singularity of Being: Lacan and the Immortal Within (2012); and The Call of Character: Living a Life Worth Living (2013). She has also published a trade book: The Case for Falling in Love: Why We Can't Control the Madness of Love - and Why That's the Best Part (2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Feminist Film Theory and Pretty Woman

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...At first glance, the plot of Pretty Woman doesn’t promise much feminist satisfaction. Small-town girl Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) moves from Georgia to Los Angeles, falls on hard times, and ends up prostituting herself on Hollywood...

Introduction

Mari Ruti

Mari Ruti (PhD, Harvard University) is Professor of Critical Theory at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is the author of five academic books:Reinventing the Soul: Posthumanist Theory and Psychic Life (2006); A World of Fragile Things: Psychoanalysis and the Art of Living (2009); The Summons of Love (2011); The Singularity of Being: Lacan and the Immortal Within (2012); and The Call of Character: Living a Life Worth Living (2013). She has also published a trade book: The Case for Falling in Love: Why We Can't Control the Madness of Love - and Why That's the Best Part (2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Feminist Film Theory and Pretty Woman

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...When the television show Alias (2001–06)—starring Jennifer Garner as the tough and toned CIA undercover agent Sydney Bristow—introduces Bradley Cooper as Sydney’s friend, Will, we find out that he has had a dreadful blind date. When Sydney...

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Mari Ruti

Mari Ruti (PhD, Harvard University) is Professor of Critical Theory at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is the author of five academic books:Reinventing the Soul: Posthumanist Theory and Psychic Life (2006); A World of Fragile Things: Psychoanalysis and the Art of Living (2009); The Summons of Love (2011); The Singularity of Being: Lacan and the Immortal Within (2012); and The Call of Character: Living a Life Worth Living (2013). She has also published a trade book: The Case for Falling in Love: Why We Can't Control the Madness of Love - and Why That's the Best Part (2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Feminist Film Theory and Pretty Woman

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...I’ve attempted to illustrate that romantic comedies are difficult to categorize as either regressive or progressive, that they often contain a hefty serving of feminist elements even as they celebrate traditional romance, hyperfemininity...

Feminist Film Theory

Mari Ruti

Mari Ruti (PhD, Harvard University) is Professor of Critical Theory at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is the author of five academic books:Reinventing the Soul: Posthumanist Theory and Psychic Life (2006); A World of Fragile Things: Psychoanalysis and the Art of Living (2009); The Summons of Love (2011); The Singularity of Being: Lacan and the Immortal Within (2012); and The Call of Character: Living a Life Worth Living (2013). She has also published a trade book: The Case for Falling in Love: Why We Can't Control the Madness of Love - and Why That's the Best Part (2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Feminist Film Theory and Pretty Woman

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...Feminist film theory—like other academic feminist endeavors, such as feminist literary criticism—emerged from the political upheavals of the 1960s. Second-wave feminism had taught women to read their cultural environment critically so...