Representations of Femininity in American Genre Cinema

The Woman’s Film, Film Noir, and Modern Horror

  • Authors
  • David Greven

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. David Greven
      Pages 1-8
  3. Freud and Classical Hollywood

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. David Greven
      Pages 11-28
    3. David Greven
      Pages 29-80
  4. Modern Horror

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-89
    2. David Greven
      Pages 91-115
    3. David Greven
      Pages 117-139
    4. David Greven
      Pages 141-178
    5. David Greven
      Pages 179-182
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 183-214

About this book


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.


cinema female sex film Hollywood

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