Re: Wees on Ahwesh

From: Nicky Hamlyn (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jan 23 2008 - 12:55:41 PST

Haven't seen this book, so can't comment on it, but shouldn't the
title be "AMERICAN Women's Experimental Cinema: Critical Frameworks",
since, as far as I can see, no other nationalities are mentioned?

Nicky Hamlyn.

On 23 Jan 2008, at 19:58, Bernard Roddy wrote:

> The essay by William Wees in the collection edited by
> Robin Blaetz focuses on several works by Peggy Ahwesh.
> I would have liked to have seen more reflection on
> what constitutes the postmodern in these works. Why
> is Ahwesh reading Bataille, for example? She Puppet
> seems to have a wonderful approach to the scripting of
> work that resembles postmodern theatrical productions
> and that . . um . . evacuates the subject. The
> writing of the essay itself strikes me as something
> that attempts to contain the refusals. Compare it,
> for example, with Baudrillard on Warhol in THE
> CONSPIRACY OF ART. It's as if the text on Ahwesh is
> intended for a certain kind of teaching. Another
> issue of interest is what constitutes postfeminism.
> Doesn't this idea introduce doubts about a feminist
> "cause" and the interests that defend it, adopting
> irony toward the reflexivity of critique itself? Not
> to be reactionary, but then how to go forward? I am
> very happy to be reading this kind of criticism but I
> was also looking for discussion of the performative,
> or performativity, in Martina's Playhouse. These are
> all details . .
> Bernie
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