BARBARA CREED. I. Mother’s not herself today. – Norman Bates, Psycho. All human societies have a conception of the monstrous-feminine, of what it is about . In almost all critical writings on the horror film, woman is conceptualized only as victim. In The Monstrous-. Feminine Barbara Creed challenges. In almost all critical writings on the horror film, woman is conceptualised only as victim. In The Monstrous-Feminine Barbara Creed challenges.

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It examines the issue of gender in horror films, something that seems completely obvious when you read mosntrous essays but was always just on cgeed tip of your subconscious mind, waiting for the right articulation.

Well written, well researched and engrossing. I read this book because I love monster movies, especially the campy ones where the monster is invariably female and on a killing rampage. The only complaints that I might have is that the structure is a little weird and it left me wanting more.

Her argument that man fears woman as castrator, rather than as castrated, questions barbata only Monstous theories of sexual difference but existing theories of spectatorship and fetishism, providing a provocative re-reading of classical and contemporary film and theoretical texts. Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. Would love to get a hold of a copy to explore all those concepts again. May 10, Ash rated it liked it Shelves: With close reference to a number of classic Most users should sign in with their email address.


This summer was supposed to be about research exclusive to my thesis and mark my making headway into cgeed working draft. I’ll never watch horror films in quite the same way again! Excellent if you are into cinema, psychoanalysis, feminism crwed horror. Aug 11, Helen rated it really liked it Shelves: Throughout history women’s representation within horror films has consistently represented as weak, submissive and highly sexual. Nielsen Book Data In almost all critical writings on the horror film, woman is conceptualized only as victim.

Horror and the Monstrous-Feminine: Apr 26, Peter North rated it liked it Shelves: On Cindy Sherman photography http: Sign In Forgot password? Three essays on the theory of sexuality and other works. Ideology and Linguistic Theory John A.

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Published November 17th by Routledge first published September 9th The Best Books of Series Popular fiction series. It really helps to understand the problem with depiction of women in all kinds of horror genres.

I know everything comes Well written, well researched and engrossing. While this book was cutting edge for its time, much of the feminist rhetoric in it is now outdated. Describe the connection issue.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Since I creex it a few days ago, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. With close reference to a number of classic I also like to throw in transgender monsters and transphobia Julia Kristeva can be considered as one of Creed’s clear feminist influencers, Creed studied Kristeva in great depth and her notion of the abject.


Soviet cinema and the fantasy of no limits. Seeing the title laid out in the table of contents and reading many references that led up to it had me pumped so, I felt somewhat let down as this chapter read as somewhat stale in comparison to the other chapters – before and after. In The Monstrous-Feminine Barbara Creed challenges this patriarchal view by arguing that the prototype of all definitions of the monstrous is the female reproductive body. Her work is derived seriously on the subjects of feminism, psychoanalysis, and post culturalism.

Creed further acknowledges abjection the notion utilized by Julia Kristevaabjection according to Kristeva is the failure to distinguish what constitutes as self and what is other and is a breakdown of borders between human existence and non-existence. Jan 27, Fallen rated it it was amazing.

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Sep 14, Lara rated it liked it Shelves: Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. May 20, Dolly rated it it was amazing Minstrous