Farris Hall, Room 106
CFLS 2017 Fall Lecture Series: Long Before OITNB, there was Caged!
Film Screening and Talk
With the growing popularity and accessibility of television series like Orange is the New Black and Wentworth, there is a renewed interest in the fictional construction of criminalized women. In this talk, Professor Bouclin explores the feminist jurisprudence circulated in the quintessential women in prison (WIP) movie, Caged (1950). Director John Cromwell brings together the aesthetic qualities of film noir and melodrama to tell a compelling story of the gradual declension of a young white woman with limited life options who nonetheless struggles to carve out choices within conditions of oppression and constraint. While recent iterations of the WIP genre may provide a more nuanced and rich palette of protagonists than those in Caged, the film remains relevant insofar as it asks: should prisons for women exist at all?
Dr. Suzanne Bouclin is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa (Common Law), Faculty of Law. She teaches social justice and conflict resolution. Her innovative law, poverty and cinema class examines legal institutions through the theories and methods of film studies. She is an award-winning researcher, the first legal scholar to receive the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation’s Early Researcher Award and member of the Global Young Academy.