This volume features a set of thought-provoking and long overdue approaches to situating Stanley Kubrick’s films in contemporary debates around gender, race, and age—with a focus on women’s representations.

Offering new historical and critical perspectives on Kubrick’s cinema, the book asks how his work should be viewed bearing in mind issues of gender equality, sexual harassment, and abuse. The authors tackle issues such as Kubrick’s at times questionable relationships with his actresses and former wives; the dynamics of power, misogyny, and miscegenation in his films; and auteur "apologism," among others. The selections delineate these complex contours of Kubrick’s work by drawing on archival sources, engaging in close readings of specific films, and exploring Kubrick through unorthodox venture points.

With an interdisciplinary scope and social justice-centered focus, this book offers new perspectives on a well-established area of study. It will appeal to scholars and upper-level students of film studies, media studies, gender studies, and visual culture, as well as to fans of the director interested in revisiting his work from a new perspective.

chapter 1|15 pages

The Problems with Lolita (1962)

chapter 4|19 pages

From Female Stereotypes to Women with Agency

Elite Women and Slave Women in Howard Fast's 1951 Novel, Spartacus (1960), and Starz Spartacus (2010–13)

chapter 8|15 pages

A Feminist Kubrick?

Or, What If Women Were the Main Character(s) in Stanley Kubrick's Films?

chapter 9|20 pages

Kubrick's and Klimt's Femmes Fatales

Eyes Wide Shut and the Crisis of Masculine Identity

chapter 10|15 pages

Kubrick and Sex

Exploring the Gender Politics of His Cinema

chapter 11|20 pages

Kubrick's Crypto-Jewesses

chapter 16|17 pages

Kubrick and Bergman

Scenes from a Marriage

chapter 17|15 pages

Someone to Care About

Children in Stanley Kubrick's Films