Killing Women: The Visual Culture of Gender and Violence

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Annette Burfoot, Susan Lord
Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Oct 1, 2006 - Social Science - 354 pages
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The essays in Killing Women: The Visual Culture of Gender and Violence find important connections in the ways that women are portrayed in relation to violence, whether they are murder victims or killers. The book’s extensive cultural contexts acknowledge and engage with contemporary theories and practices of identity politics and debates about the ethics and politics of representation itself. Does representation produce or reproduce the conditions of violence? Is representation itself a form of violence? This book adds significant new dimensions to the characterization of gender and violence by discussing nationalism and war, feminist media, and the depiction of violence throughout society.

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La Corriveau cartoon depicting the public exhibition of Madame Corriveau
Charlotte Corday by Louis Muller c 1880
Prisoner dressed up with poodle at Kingston Prison for Women c 1950

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Annette Burfoot teaches feminist science studies and visual culture at Queen’s University, Kingston. She is the editor of The Encyclopedia of Reproductive Technologies (1999).

Susan Lord teaches in the Department of Film Studies at Queen’s University, Kingston. With Janine Marchessault, she is co-editor of Fluid Screens, Expanding Cinemas (forthcoming, 2006).

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