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She Animates By Lora Mjolsness

She Animates by Lora Mjolsness

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Showcases the accomplishments and triumphs of women in Russian animation and reveals their past contributions to not only animation, but also world cinema. Through archival research, historical analysis, and close readings of animated films this book recuperates the often-overlooked contributions women made to Russian animation.

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She Animates: Gendered Soviet and Russian Animation by Lora Mjolsness

She Animates examines the work of twelve female animation directors in the Soviet Union and Russia, who have long been overlooked by film scholars and historians. Our approach examines these directors within history, culture, and industrial practice in animation. In addition to making a case for including these women and their work in the annals of film and animation history, this volume also makes an argument for why their work should be considered part of the tradition of women's cinema. We offer textual analysis that focuses on the changing attitudes towards both the woman question and feminism by examining the films in light of the emergence and evolution of a Soviet female subjectivity that still informs women's cinema in Russia today.

About Lora Mjolsness

LoraMjolsness is a lecturer at the University of California, Irvine and the Director of Program in Russian Studies. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in Slavic Languages and Literatures She teaches interdisciplinary courses on Russian and Soviet Cinema and on Soviet Animation.

Michele Leigh received her PhD in Critical Studies from the School of Cinematic Arts at USC in 2008.She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her research interests include silent cinema, Russian and Eastern European Cinema, and female industrial practice.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements

    1. Women's Cinema and the Russian and Soviet Animation Industry

  • 2. In the Beginning: The First Wave of Soviet Women Animators
  • 3. Female Creativity in the Wake of Censorship, Consolidation, and Disney
  • 4. The War Years, Stalinist Repression, and Women Navigating the Animation Industry
  • 5. Reshaping Women's Roles on and off the Screen: Animation during Khrushchev and Brezhnev
  • 6. When One Door Opens Another Shuts: Perestroika and Proto-Feminist Films
  • 7. The End of an Era: Women's Animation and the Fall of the Soviet Union
  • 8. Women Navigating the Past and Looking to the Future


  • Bibliography

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She Animates: Gendered Soviet and Russian Animation by Lora Mjolsness
Academic Studies Press
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