Zack Snyder’s impossible gaze: the fantasy of “looked-at-ness” manifested in Sucker Punch (2011)

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Writing in the introduction to her edited collection Visual and Other Pleasures, Laura Mulvey is moved to reflect on her contribution to the field of feminist film theory with the following observations: The articles and essays published here were not originally intended to last. I often sacrificed well-balanced argument, research and refinements of style to the immediate interests of the formative context of the moment, the demands of polemic, or the economy of an idea or the shape and pattern of a thought. Until recently there seemed no point in collecting my articles together; on the contrary, to publish them between two covers seem to contradict my perception of my writing as essentially and necessarily ephemeral.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSensational Pleasures in Cinema, Literature and Visual Culture
Subtitle of host publicationThe Phallic Eye
EditorsG. Padva, N. Buchweitz
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-36364-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-36363-3, 978-1-349-47309-0
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2014


  • male character
  • formative context
  • film theory
  • mirror stage
  • fantasy world


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