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The Horror of Transgressive Femininity in The Bletchley Circle

  • Cat Mahoney
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Abstract

This chapter will examine The Bletchley Circle’s depictions of femininity in crisis that manifest as a result of deviation from the postfeminist script. In Bletchley, these crises can only be resolved through an acceptance of and adherence to postfeminist gender norms. In its representation of its characters’ attempts to reject or move outside the normative boundaries of postfeminism, Bletchley demonstrates the futility of the attempted alternatives. With reference to aspects of horror scholarship, this chapter will discuss the series’ depiction of gender as a whole and particularly the depiction of Susan, the series’ ostensible main character. In this way, it will seek to demonstrate the ways in which the space outside of postfeminism and those who willingly occupy it are constructed as dangerous, deviant and destructive.

Keywords

Bletchley Park Detective Interrogative gaze Postfeminism Gothic horror Final girl 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cat Mahoney
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  1. 1.University of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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