Claire Johnston

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Claire Johnston (* 1940 ; † 1987 ) was an American feminist film theorist . She wrote seminal essays on the construction of ideology in mainstream cinema ( Hollywood and European auteur cinema).


  • Women's Cinema as Counter-Cinema. In: Claire Johnston (Ed.): Notes on Women's Cinema. Society for Education in Film and Television, London 1975, reprinted in: Sue Thornham (Ed.): Feminist Film Theory. A reader. Edinburgh University Press, 1999, pp. 31–40, German: Women's film as a counter-film. In: Women and Film . No. 11, 1977, pp. 19-33
  • Feminist Politics and Film History. In: Screen. Volume 16, No. 3, pp. 115-125
  • (Editor): The work of Dorothy Arzner . Towards a feminist cinema. British Film Institute, London 1975.