Representations of Femininity in American Genre Cinema

Representations of Femininity in American Genre Cinema

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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 films, The Brave One, and the slasher horror genre, this book boldly unsettles commonplace understandings of genre film, female sexuality, and Freudian theory as it makes a strong new case for the queer relevance of female representation.a€œMidge, what do you mean Ia#39;ve got it and therea#39;s no losing it? ... a€œI look up, I look down, a€ and a€œIa#39;m going to go out and buy myself a nice tall stepladder, a€ in marked contrast to Midgea#39;s increasingly worried expression as she looks up at him.

Title:Representations of Femininity in American Genre Cinema
Author:David Greven
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2011-04-26


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