Master of Arts (MA)
First Advisor's Name
Anne Margaret Castro
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Second Advisor's Committee Title
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Third Advisor's Committee Title
feminist, gender, and sexuality studies, film and media studies, other English language and literature
Date of Defense
“Mirror, Mirror” deconstructs the concept of mirror-like cinema: a cinema that relies on realistic elements and seamless editing for viewers to identify with. Mirror-like cinema dominates mainstream films creating a mirror and a reflection where women can be marginalized and objectified. Through the women directed films “Cléo from 5 to 7” (1962) and “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” (2014) identification with the cinematic reflection is challenged. Both films seemingly show Jacque Lacan’s concept of the mirror stage, but disrupt the reflection through their editing, mise en scène, and the actions of their women protagonists. These disruptions exemplify the mirror being fragmented thus proving film is not always a reflection but can be a representation of one’s subjective reality.
Janania, Stephanie M., "Mirror, Mirror: Disrupting Cinema in "Cléo from 5 to 7" (1962) and "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" (2014)" (2020). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4405.
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