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The Resource Men, women and chainsaws : gender in the modern horror film, by Carol J. Clover

Men, women and chainsaws : gender in the modern horror film, by Carol J. Clover

Label
Men, women and chainsaws : gender in the modern horror film
Title
Men, women and chainsaws
Title remainder
gender in the modern horror film
Statement of responsibility
by Carol J. Clover
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Do the pleasures of horror movies really begin and end in sadism? So the public discussion of film assumes, and so film theory claims. Carol Clover argues, however, that these films work mainly to engage the viewer in the plight of the victim-hero, who suffers fright but rises to vanquish the forces of oppression. Clover, a medievalist, had written extensively on the literature and culture of early northern Europe, especially the Old Norse sagas. From her expertise in formulaic narrative grew her interest in contemporary cinema, which is, after all, yet another form of oral storytelling. Men, Women, and Chain Saws investigated the appeal of horror cinema, in particular the phenomenal popularity of those "low" genres that feature female heroes and play to male audiences: slasher, occult, and rape-revenge films. Such genres seem to offer sadistic pleasure to their viewers, and not much else. Clover, however, argued the reverse: that these films are designed to align spectators not with the male tormentor, but with the female tormented--with the suffering, pain, and anguish that the "final girl," as Clover calls the victim-hero, endures before rising, finally, to vanquish her oppressor. " -- back cover
Cataloging source
NLE
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Clover, Carol J
Dewey number
791.4361608
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1995.9 .H6 C56 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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British Film Institute
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  • Horror films
  • Women in motion pictures
  • Sex role in motion pictures
Label
Men, women and chainsaws : gender in the modern horror film, by Carol J. Clover
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [243]-253) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Works Cited
  • Index
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction: Carrie and the Boys
  • Chapter 1: Her Body, Himself
  • Chapter 2: Opening Up
  • Chapter 3: Getting Even
  • Chapter 4: The Eye of Horror
  • Afterword
  • Films Cited
Control code
ocn877243104
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
260 pages
Isbn
9780851703312
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
photographs
System control number
(OCoLC)877243104
Label
Men, women and chainsaws : gender in the modern horror film, by Carol J. Clover
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [243]-253) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Works Cited
  • Index
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction: Carrie and the Boys
  • Chapter 1: Her Body, Himself
  • Chapter 2: Opening Up
  • Chapter 3: Getting Even
  • Chapter 4: The Eye of Horror
  • Afterword
  • Films Cited
Control code
ocn877243104
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
260 pages
Isbn
9780851703312
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
photographs
System control number
(OCoLC)877243104

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