Monstrous-Feminine Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis

ISBN-10: 0415052599

ISBN-13: 9780415052597

Edition: 1993

Authors: Barbara Creed

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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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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 11/15/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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
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