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DISCIPLINING JANE CAMPION Auteurism and the knowing audience

From very early in her career, Jane Campion’s films have provided the cornerstone for a series of academic debates, most particularly those arising from feminist studies. But especially striking is the singular impact of The Piano on a broad range of academic scholarship, anywhere from disability studies to musicology to Jungian psychology and the list goes on. The Piano has generated an entire academic industry of its own, producing innumerable books, conference papers and scholarly articles in a multitude of languages, one which continues to manufacture publications and heated debate more than a decade after the film’s release.These debates have, in turn, led many academic commentators to Campion’s earlier works.