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Otherness, Transgression and the Postcolonial Perspective: Patricia Rozema's Mansfield Park

Church Gibson, Pamela (2004) Otherness, Transgression and the Postcolonial Perspective: Patricia Rozema's Mansfield Park. In: Janespotting and Beyond: The British Heritage Retrovisions since the mid-1990s. Gunter Narr Verlag, Tubingen, Germany, pp. 51-65. ISBN 3823360965 [Mass Communications and Documentation > Film studies]
 
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Creators:Church Gibson, Pamela
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The genesis of this paper was an invited keynote address at an international conference, 'From Janespotting to Trainspotting', convened at the University of Göttingen to assess the current state of the heritage film.

The heritage film has assumed an important status within film studies in recent years and has led to considerable debate concerning its formal features and ideological significance. In this paper I wanted to examine a film that had been oddly overlooked and use it to test some of the prevailing ideas governing the analysis of the heritage and, indeed, ‘post-heritage’, film.

The research was motivated by a concern to reject the still-prevalent charges that the genre is inherently conservative in ideology , and to indicate how heritage conventions could be inflected in a radical direction in terms of form and content.

In examining Mansfield Park, I was particularly concerned to interrogate the ways in which the film went against the grain of heritage cinema and to ask new questions concerning the representation of gender, sexuality and economics. In this respect, my discussion sought to examine the ways in which the film’s departure from the original novel led to an unusual treatment of gender, sexuality and colonialism. I sought to explore the usefulness of situating the film in relation to debates concerning post-colonial and – significantly - ‘queer’ cinema, rather than simply those around heritage cinema.

The primary sources of the research are the film itself and relevant critical texts; the analysis involves a combination of close textual analysis with theoretical work, drawn from cultural studies and literary theory, particularly the work of Edward Said and Maaja Stewart.

Type of Research:Book Section
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Pamela Church Gibson

Research Interests

Film and fashion, History and heritage, Cities and consumption, Gender and spectacle

Current Research

I have continued my work around the complex relationship between film, fashion, fandom and the contemporary star system. I am now moving into new interdisciplinary territory as I examine the relationship between cities, cinema, consumption and gendering the post-war period as part of my contribution to and role within the ESRC funded project, ‘Shopping Routes’ for which I have two articles awaiting publication and am helping to organise an exhibition at the V&A. In the wider remit of gender studies, contemporary critical theory and cinema, I have completed and published various essays. I have also published a complete reworking of an earlier BFI anthology, this one entitled ‘More Dirty Looks: Gender, Pornography and Power’ (2004) for which I commissioned twelve new essays, half of them from American academics, while myself writing a completely new 'Introduction'. I am also currently writing a book entitled ‘Cities, Cinema and Consumption in the Post-War Period’.

Publisher/Broadcaster/Company:Gunter Narr Verlag
Your affiliations with UAL:Colleges > London College of Fashion
Research Centres No Longer Active > Fashion, The Body And Material Cultures Research Centre (FBMC)
Date:2004
ID Code:1735
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Deposited On:02 Dec 2009 21:21
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