In this essay, Patricia White discusses the ways in which directors Kelly Reichardt, Chloé Zhao, and Jane Campion contend with the legacy of the Hollywood Western in the context of global cinema in their recent films First Cow (2019), Nomadland (2020), and The Power of the Dog (2021) respectively. Representing three different generations of women directors working within the American feature-film space, Campion, Reichardt, and Zhao all reference genre to question the masculinist Western ideology of rugged individualism, even as they use these works to distinguish themselves as individuals within the cinematic marketplace of auteurism.
Women Auteurs, Western Promises
Patricia White is Centennial Professor of Film and Media Studies and Coordinator of Gender and Sexuality Studies at Swarthmore College. She is the author of Rebecca (BFI Classics, Bloomsbury, 2021) and Women’s Cinema, World Cinema: Projecting Contemporary Feminisms (Duke University Press, 2015) as well as many essays on topics in feminist and LGBTQ film and media studies. She is co-author with Timothy Corrigan of The Film Experience (Bedford St. Martin’s, 6th edition 2021). She is a member of the editorial collective of the journal Camera Obscura (Duke University Press) and serves of the boards of Film Quarterly and Women Make Movies.
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Patricia White; Women Auteurs, Western Promises. Film Quarterly 1 June 2022; 75 (4): 23–33. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2022.75.4.23
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