Gendered Artistic Positions and Social Voices: Politics, Cinema, and the Visual Arts in State-socialist and Post-socialist Hungary

ISBN-10: 3515102094
ISBN-13: 9783515102094
Edition: 2013
Authors: Beata Hock
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List price: $69.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: David Brown Book Co
Binding: Cloth Text 
Pages: 284
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

The history of women's art and gendered cultural practices has had a troubled record in Hungary as in many countries of East-Central Europe, and it mostly features as a missing phenomenon. This "lack" is often attributed on the one hand to state-socialist government policies that "emancipated" women at the same time as they hindered grass-roots social movements, including feminism, and on the other hand, to a re-traditionalizing social environment after the political changes of 1989. Beata Hock critically re-examines the supposed absences and presences of feminist cultural practice in Hungary with a focus on fine arts and cinema. The gendered dimensions of art production are explored in relation to larger social and cultural contexts in order to offer a uniquely interdisciplinary account.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Constructing and bringing gendered identities into representation
"Woman": A politically irrelevant category? Unstructured female identities in contemporary Hungarian society
Cultural perspectives on social processes. Defining key terms and approaches
Society as text
The political import of representation
The politicization of art theory, aesthetic terms, and art practice
Feminist interdisciplinarity
How to localize feminist thinking
"Looking for feminism": East/West dichotomies and the danger of self-colonization
Contested feminist identification, intentionality and other dilemmas
Redefining the political: Two guiding aspects
Emancipation: An expendable political goal
Re-assessing the state-socialist past and taking a perspective on the present
An emerging feminist scholarship on Central and Eastern Europe
How to localize feminist social science: Some difficulties
The metamorphoses of the state's political message for women
Women's political and civil rights participation: Sharing political capital
Patterns in women's education and employment: Sharing economic and social capital
Declared political promises - undeclared intentions: Reading between the lines of the message
"Only themselves to blame": Society's codicil to the political message
Political rhetoric versus the reality of life-practices: Sharing social and cultural capital
"Double burden" versus "choiceoisie": Reconciling work and family life
Receiving the message: Changing perceptions and constructions of gendered social roles and identities
Conclusions and identifying some feminist issues of the "here and now"
Women and/in Hungarian Cinema (Industry), 1945-2005
Theories and methodology
Trends in existing feminist film theory and testing their applicability
A critique of Cold War thinking on cultural production
Quantitative and qualitative methods: A numerical survey and corpus analysis
Women's inclusion in the industry
Women directors representing women
Woman represented in Hungarian cinema: Narratives and film texts
Advancing new role models: The "production movies" of the 1950s
The 1960s: Historical parables and models for the present
The 1970s and 80s: The poetry of the every-day
The 1990s and after: Structural reconfiguration and the dissipation of meaning
Confusions to Part III
Artworks and subject positions: Women visual artists from 1945 till the 2000s
Theories and methodology
Issues and strategies in feminist visual arts and the emerging Hungarian discourse
Quantitative survey and qualitative interviews
With emancipation in the background: Women in Hungarian visual arts, 1945-95
A brief social history of the visual arts in Hungary after 1945
An emancipation of one's own
Self-representers: Artists, oeuvres and feminist interpretative approaches
Inscribing gender difference on the canvas
A self-confessed feminist artist
Towards feminine texts
Venturing out into the public
Boys Don't Cry? Masculinity negotiated
Confusions to Part IV
Conclusion
Appendices and Tables
Bibliography
List of Illustrations
Plates

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