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Pauline Kael and the Western genre as critical displacement of self & nation: metaphorics and affects of 'taste' in American film criticism

West, Patrick 2014, Pauline Kael and the Western genre as critical displacement of self & nation: metaphorics and affects of 'taste' in American film criticism, Text, vol. Special Issue: Taste and, and in, writing and publishing, no. 26, pp. 1-10.

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Title Pauline Kael and the Western genre as critical displacement of self & nation: metaphorics and affects of 'taste' in American film criticism
Author(s) West, PatrickORCID iD for West, Patrick orcid.org/0000-0003-4957-4294
Journal name Text
Volume number Special Issue: Taste and, and in, writing and publishing
Issue number 26
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)
Place of publication Gold Coast, Qld.
Publication date 2014-04
ISSN 1327-9556
Keyword(s) creative writing
taste
Pauline Kael
film criticism
affect
senses
Summary Pauline Kael (1919–2001) is one of the most influential American film critics of the second half of the twentieth century. Many people are writing on her presently, with at least half an eye to her future cultural, political and historical importance. Certainly the full impact of Kael’s work, both within and beyond the borders of cinema (however defined), has not yet been established. This article unpacks the mechanisms and operations of ‘taste’ in Kael’s writings by using two notions drawn from Roland Barthes’ observations about another key figure of current cultural critique: Julia Kristeva. The comparison of Kael with Kristeva is not dwelt upon; instead, the article focuses on how Kael used the concepts of ‘taste’ and ‘dis-taste’ to draw her readership into a field of what might be termed ‘permanent dissent’. This article concludes by sketching out why Jewish-American Kael’s taste might endure, through the dual transition she occupies from a Cold War to a post-Cold War period, and from an era when cinema was the supreme, undisputed, screen artform, to the rise of the myriad screen technologies of the networked, Internet age.
Language eng
Field of Research 190402 Creative Writing (incl Playwriting)
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)
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Document type: Journal Article
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