Looking and the Gaze | Romance on Film

Issues of looking and the gaze are complicated in Summertime (Lean, 1955). Here, despite wielding a camera, Katharine Hepburn’s*** character is totally dispossessed of the cinematic agency it might imply.


That’s not all there is to say about it by any means, so I’m headed to a conference in Venice in October to explore the issue further. I’ve wanted to write about this film for 30 years, and now I can.

I also have a mini-grant in Spring 2018 to work on researching and transforming the conference paper into a peer-reviewed article.

Yes. I’m lucky,

*** Hepburn is brilliant in this role. No news to anyone who’s seen the film.

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