Monstrous-Feminine Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis
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Description: What is it aboutJaws, Alien, Little Shop of Horrors and Poltergeistthat plays on men's fear of women? And what is it that they fear most? The Monstrous-Feminineexamines the role of women in horror films. The author argues that when a woman is constructed as monstrous, it is almost always in conjuction with reproduction and mothering functions. In this exploration, using detailed analysis ofCarrie, The Exorcist, PsychoandAlienamong others, Creed identifies the seven faces of female monstrosity--archaic mother; monstrous womb; vampire; witch; possessed monster; deadlyfemme castratriceand castrating mother. The argument then moves on to challenge the Freudian concept that a woman terrifies because she is castrated--Creed holds forth that the woman acting as castratoris what creates horror for men.TheMonstrous-Femininegoes on to discuss and analyze what these images mean for feministfilm theory, as well as revealing important clues about masculinity.
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Copyright year: 1993
Publication date: 11/15/1993
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Faces of the Monstrous-Feminine: Abjection and the Maternal|
|Kristeva, Femininity, Abjection|
|Horror and the Archaic Mother: Alien|
|Woman as Possessed Monster: The Exorcist|
|Woman as Monstrous Womb: The Brood|
|Woman as Vampire: The Hunger|
|Woman as Witch: Carrie|
|Medusa's Head: Psychoanalytic Theory and the Femme Castratrice|
|'Little Hans' Reconsidered: or 'The Tale of Mother's Terrifying Widdler'|
|Medusa's Head: The Vagina Dentata and Freudian Theory|
|The Femme Castratrice: I Spit on Your Grave, Sisters|
|The Castrating Mother: Psycho|
|The Medusa's Gaze|