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Laura Mulvey (b. 1941)


Amy! Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen (1980)


Laura Mulvey (born August 15, 1941) is a British feminist film theorist. She was educated at St Hilda's College, Oxford. She is currently professor of film and media studies at Birkbeck, University of London. She worked at the British Film Institute for many years before taking up her current position.

Mulvey came to prominence in the early 1970s with her essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema. One of the most widely cited articles in the field of contemporary film theory, this groundbreaking work investigated questions of spectatorial identification and its relationship to the male gaze. With this essay and other articles, Mulvey helped establish feminist film theory as a legitimate field of study.