David GrevenRepresentations of Femininity in American Genre Cinema:
The Woman's Film, Film Noir, and Modern Horror
Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2011, 224 pp.
ISBN- 13: 978-0230112513
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.
Femininity and Film Genres
Freud and the Death-Mother
Transformations of the Woman's Film
Modern Horror as the Concealed Woman's Film
Medusa in the Mirror: Brian De Palma's Carrie
Demeter and Persephone in Space: Transformation, Femininity, and Myth in the Alien Films
The Finalizing Woman: Horror, Femininity, and Queer Monsters
The Brave One
David Greven is an Associate Professor of English at Connecticut College. His books include Manhood in Hollywood from Bush to Bush (2009), Gender and Sexuality in Star Trek: Allegories of Desire in the Television Series and Films (McFarland, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0786444137), and Men Beyond Desire: Manhood, Sex, and Violation in American Literature (Palgrave, 2005. ISBN: 1403969116). His work has appeared in journals such as New Literary History, Cinema Journal, American Quarterly, Genders, Refractory, Jump Cut, Modern Psychoanalysis, Studies in American Fiction, The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, Poe Studies: Dark Romanticism, The European Journal of American Culture, and Postmodern Culture.
Melanie Walters (ed.)Women on Screen:
Feminism and Femininity in Visual Culture
Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2011, 256 pp.
Women on Screen makes a timely intervention into critical debates about the representation of feminist and feminine identities in contemporary visual culture. Bringing together the latest research from a range of international scholars, the essays in this collection interrogate how and why certain formulations of feminism and femininity are currently prevalent in mainstream cinema and television. Through a lively engagement with recent feminist theory, this volume offers compelling new insights into a variety of postfeminist media phenomena, from chick flicks and reality shows to independent cinema and quality drama. In doing so, it asks important questions about the relationship between feminism, femininity, and visual culture: How has the legacy of second wave feminism been negotiated on screen? To what extent are contemporary portrayals of women informed by anxieties about femininity? What is the role of feminist theory in analyzing and shaping representations of female identity in the twenty-first century?
Note on the Contributors
PART I: GENERATIONS
Nancy Meyers and Popular Feminism; K.Glitre
'I'm nothing like you!' Postfeminist Generationalism and Female Stardom in the Contemporary Chick Flick; S.Cobb
Alias: Quality Television and the New Woman Professional; R.White
The Horrors of Home: Feminism and Femininity in the Suburban Gothic; M.Waters
PART II: SEX AND SEXUALITY
Bad Girls in Crisis: The New Teenage Femme Fatale; K.Farrimond
Butch Lesbians: Televising Female Masculinity; H.Fenwick
'Challenging and Alternative': Screening Queer Girls on Channel 4; M.Zeller-Jacques
PART III: THE MAKEOVER
Under the Knife: Feminism and Cosmetic Surgery in Contemporary Culture; S.Genz
Imperialist Projections: Manners, Makeovers, and Models of Nationality; B.R.Weber
Femininity Repackaged: Postfeminism and Ladette to Lady; A.Smith
Performing Postfeminist Identities: Gender, Costume and Transformation in Teen Cinema; S.Gilligan
PART IV: VIOLENCE
Return of the 'Angry Woman': Authenticating Female Physical Action in Contemporary Cinema; L.Purse
Negotiating Shifts in Feminism: The 'Bad' Girls of James Bond; L.Funnell
A Pathological Romance: Authority, Expert Knowledge and the Postfeminist Profiler; L.Steenberg
'A Caligula-like despot': Matriarchal Tyranny in The Sopranos; A.Gething
Melanie Waters, Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Northumbria University, UK. She has published articles in journals such as Journal of International Women's Studies and Poetry and Life Writing.