The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis
In almost all critical writings on the horror film, woman is conceptualised only as victim. 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.
With close reference to a number of classic horror films including the Alien trilogy, The Exorcist and Psycho, Creed analyses the seven `faces' of the monstrous-feminine: archaic mother, monstrous womb, vampire, witch, possessed body, monstrous mother and castrator. Her argument that man fears woman as castrator, rather than as castrated, questions not only Freudian theories of sexual difference but existing theories of spectatorship and fetishism, providing a provocative re-reading of classical and contemporary film and theoretical texts.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Tumsi - LibraryThing
Her argument disrupts Freudian and Lacanian theories of sexual difference as well as existing theories of spectatorship and fetishism in relation to the male and female gaze in the cinema to provide a ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - echaika - LibraryThing
I don't believe in psychoanalysis and this didn't convert me, although there are interesting points made here and there. If you buy the Freudian/Jungian/Lacanian unprovable mythology about a woman's psyche, you will probably love this. Read full review