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    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
    Author(s): Beata Hock
    Description: 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  More...
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    Publisher: David Brown Book Co
    Binding: Cloth Text 
    Pages: 37356188
    Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long
    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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