a 2nd year grad student at Kansas
State University in the English
department. I am a cultural
studies major and I am currently
working on a project in film.
My theory, sketchy as it is,
is that the "New Jersey Trilogy"
represents a dynamic approach
to women in that it begins with
a representation of women as
pure "whores" ("Clerks") and
ends with a woman who, though
defined by her sexuality (Alyssa
in "Chasing Amy") is a much
stronger character than her
predecessors. I was wondering
if anyone there had any feelings
about this and if so I would
love to hear them. Also, if
you can reccomend any texts
that might aid me in developing
my thesis I would be greatly
appreciative. Thanks again.
Hope to hear from someone soon.
J. S. Atkins
Kansas State University
for your note and for thinking
of us for your project. I haven't
actually seen "Clerks" or "Chasing
Amy", so I can't offer an opinion
specific to these two films.
I can however, say that other
feminist friends I know--have
not liked these films. Also,
as I read your letter, I happen
to be sitting here with my friend
David Lasky who has just completed
a research paper on women's
representation in film. Given
his expertise in this area,
I've asked him to respond to
your question and share some
of his research, so here it
The book Backlash by
Susan Faludi is very helpful
in its chapter on Fatal Attraction
and other women-as-victim films.
Try the British journal Sight
and Sound for articles relating
to women's sexuality on screen.
Also, watch the Coen brothers
films for insight into independent
features and women's roles,
i.e. "Raising Arizona", etc.
I just finished the Westinghouse
project on the evolution of
women's roles in film. It is
a really fun topic but becomes
unwieldy if you analyze too
many films. Good luck with your
So from David and I - good luck.