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Will Aitken. 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. 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.

Published November 17th by Routledge first published September 9th More Details Original Title. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Monstrous-Feminine , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Monstrous-Feminine. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.

Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 12, Bridget H rated it really liked it Shelves: film , horror. Well written, well researched and engrossing.

I was somewhat disappointed and confused by Creed's reluctance to push back against assertions that female monsters are abjectly horrifying solely because they represent castration in some form. I wish she had spent more time with the tropes of women as vehicles for possession, witches, and brood-mothers, rather than her expanded engagement with vagina dentata and femme castratrice , which took up the latter half of the book.

I know everything comes back to Freud but Well written, well researched and engrossing. I know everything comes back to Freud but whyyyyy must everything come back to Freudddddd. Aug 11, Helen rated it really liked it Shelves: feminism. I'll never watch horror films in quite the same way again! At times, not the easiest read,probably as this is my first foray into the realms of film theory,so I did have to do some reading around the topic to get a better grip on the subject matter, I understood it's premise better having read up on Kristeva but I'm sure this will prove to be an indespensible text for my dissertation.

Now I'm noticing the monstrous-feminine everywhere! Nov 23, Keith rated it really liked it. It's totally acceptable to judge this book by its cover. Jul 02, electra rated it liked it Shelves: own-kindle-pdf , w-w , feminism , essays-and-nonfiction. Mar 31, Evan rated it really liked it Shelves: read This is a classic of film analysis and media theory, and it was revolutionary in its way.

Her work is strong, focussed, and she writes well. But the Freudian underpinnings are just too dank for me to be able to agree with much of her analysis. The strong review is for her clear style, excellent scholarship, and the wonderful way she clearly sweeps the legs out from under the analys This is a classic of film analysis and media theory, and it was revolutionary in its way.

The strong review is for her clear style, excellent scholarship, and the wonderful way she clearly sweeps the legs out from under the analysis of male critics who seemingly can't see the wood for the trees eg, they can't extract themselves from a white, male, western perspective long enough to even consider that another perspective exists. Sep 14, Lara rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction. I probably would have enjoyed the book more if I was more into psychoanalysis, but I did thoroughly enjoy watching Creed tear apart Freud's phallocentrism.

Mar 23, Elisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: 5-star-books-recommended-reads. This was a life-changing book for me. It was assigned during film school and going into it I was super excited to dive into what was, at the time, my very favorite film genre: horror. Women as the abject are often at the center of every horror film and thus the book neatly discusses the seven types of the monstrous feminine by using a particular film to view and discuss the various elements.

Fascinating work, well-written and researched, by far one of the best books to begin This was a life-changing book for me. Fascinating work, well-written and researched, by far one of the best books to begin to peel back some of the multiple layers in film that depicts women in a patriarchal society.

Go a step further and look at the directors lives as well Really, a must read for every female who has ever wondered why a woman always falls when being chased or dies after having sex, better yet why the virgin always lives. Life altering -must read- truly. Jun 26, Aislinn Evans rated it liked it. May 10, Ash rated it liked it Shelves: philosophy-theory. Let us know about it. Does this product have an incorrect or missing image?