The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis by Barbara CreedIn 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.
The Monstrous Feminine
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. Read more
The Monstrous-Feminine (1-15) Barbara Creed
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Creed is a graduate of Monash University and LaTrobe University where she completed doctoral research using psychoanalysis and feminist theory to understand certain practises of horror films. Barbara Creed is one of Australia's most well-known commentators on film and media, she is a graduate of Monash and La Trobe University, completing her doctrinal thesis and research on the cinema of horror. Overall, Creed's work is of interest to feminist theory and psychoanalysis and how these theories can be applied within horror films. Her work is derived seriously on the subjects of feminism, psychoanalysis, and post culturalism. Her work relies on a number of theorists including Freud , and Julia Kristeva. Creed more recently has had a clear focus on human and animal rights on screen and animal studies. Julia Kristeva can be considered as one of Creed's clear feminist influencers, Creed studied Kristeva in great depth and her notion of the abject.