The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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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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.
Creed provides an excellent analysis of contemporary horror film; focusing on female representation and her role within the genre. Her reworking of Freud's ideas provides an liberating focus for a new look to psychoanalysis; but also is incredibly useful in giving an introduction to important Freudian theories, together with an great synopsis to some of the ideas of Julia Kristeva.An excellent read which should prove invaluable to those studying film, art and the politics of representation.