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Fifty years of feminist thought have made the idea that women stay at home while men dominate the streets seem outdated; nevertheless, theoretical considerations of gender, space, and power in film theory remain limited by binary models. Looking instead to more fluid models of spatial relations inspired by Sara Ahmed, Rosi Braidotti, and Doreen Massey, this book discovers wilful, affirmative, and imaginative activations of gender on screen. Through close, micro-analysis of historic European Messidor (Alain Tanner, 1979) and contemporary world cinema:  Vendredi Soir (Claire Denis, 2002), Wadjda (Haifaa Al-Mansour, 2012), and Head-On (Fatih Akin, 2004), this book identifies affirmative aesthetics: light, texture, rhythm, movement and sound, all of which that participate in a rewriting of bodies and spaces. Ultimately, affirmative aesthetics on screen can challenge the gender categories and power structures that have been thought to determine our habitation of cars, homes, and city streets.


Wilful women drive this book forward, through their movement and stillness, imagination and desire, performance and abjection.

Articles and book chapters

          Alphaville Journal of Film and Screen Media, 2021

Review of Communication, 2021

With co-author: Chris Ingraham

Feminist Media Studies, 2020

  • A home on the road in Claire Denis’ Vendredi soir

In Film and Domestic Space: Architectures, Representations, Dispositif, 2020

Aniki: the Portuguese Journal of the Moving Image, 2020

In Space Tourism: The Elusive Dream, 2019

With co-author: Mark R. Johnson

Short Film Studies, 2016

Transnational Cinemas (Routledge), 2014

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