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Representations of femininity in American genre cinema : the woman's film, film noir, and modern horror

Author: David Greven
Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Palgrave Macmillan paperback editionView all editions and formats
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The theme of female transformation informs the Hollywood representation of femininity from the studio era to the present. Whether it occurs physically, emotionally, or on some other level, transformation allows female protagonists to negotiate their own complex desires and to resist the compulsory marriage plot. A sweeping study of Hollywood from Now, Voyager, The Heiress, and Flamingo Road to Carrie, the Alien  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Greven
ISBN: 9781137354990 1137354992 9781137354990
OCLC Number: 851826073
Description: 214 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction : Femininity and film genres --
pt. I. Freud and classical Hollywood. Freud and the death-mother : Freud, the woman's film, and modern horror --
Transformations of the woman's film : or, feminine myths --
pt. II. Modern horror. Preface to Part II : Modern horror as the concealed woman's film --
Medusa in the mirror : Brian De Palma's Carrie --
Demeter and Persophone in space : transformation, femininity, and myth in the Alien films --
The finalizing woman : horror, femininity, and queer monsters --
Coda : The Brave One.
Responsibility: David Greven.
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A sweeping study of Hollywood from Now, Voyager, The Heiress, and Flamingo Road to Carrie, the Alien films, The Brave One, and the slasher horror genre, this book boldly unsettles commonplace  Read more...

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"In this sharp, reasonably priced book, Greven (English, Univ. of Southern Carolina) examines--as the title clearly indicates--the ways in which women are represented in American genre films. ... Read more...

 
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