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

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

Label
Men, women, and chain saws : gender in the modern horror film
Title
Men, women, and chain saws
Title remainder
gender in the modern horror film
Statement of responsibility
by Carol J. Clover
Creator
Subject
Genre
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. According to that view, the power of films like Halloween and Texas Chain Saw Massacre lies in their ability to yoke us in the killer's perspective and to make us party to his atrocities. In this book Carol Clover argues that sadism is actually the lesser part of the horror experience and that the movies work mainly to engage the viewer in the plight of the victim-hero - the figure who suffers pain and fright but eventually rises to vanquish the forces of oppression. A paradox is that, since the late 1970s, the victim-hero is usually female and the audience predominantly male
  • It is the fraught relation between the "tough girl" of horror and her male fan that Clover explores. Horror movies, she concludes, use female bodies not only for the male spectator to feel at, but for him to feel through
  • The author concentrates on three genres in which women and gender issues loom especially large: slasher films, satanic possession films, and rape-revenge films, especially those in which the victim is from the city and the rapists from the country. Her investigation covers over two hundred films, ranging from admired mainstream examples, such as The Accused, to such exploitation products as the widely banned I Spit on Your Grave. Clover emphasizes the importance of the "low" tradition in filmmaking, arguing that it has provided some of the most significant artistic and political innovations of the past two decades
  • Female-hero films like Silence of the Lambs and Thelma and Louise may be breakthroughs from the point of view of mainstream Hollywood cinema, but their themes have a long ancestry in lowlife horror
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1940-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Clover, Carol J.
Dewey number
791.43/616
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1995.9.H6
LC item number
C53 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Horror films
  • Women in motion pictures
  • Sex role in motion pictures
  • Griezelfilms
  • Vrouwen
  • Sekseverschillen
  • Horrorfilm
  • Geschlechterrolle
Label
Men, women, and chain saws : gender in the modern horror film, by Carol J. Clover
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [235]-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
Carrie and the boys -- Her body, himself -- Opening up -- Getting even -- The eye of horror
Control code
24376504
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
260 pages
Isbn
9780691048024
Lccn
91028571
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1444046
Label
Men, women, and chain saws : gender in the modern horror film, by Carol J. Clover
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [235]-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
Carrie and the boys -- Her body, himself -- Opening up -- Getting even -- The eye of horror
Control code
24376504
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
260 pages
Isbn
9780691048024
Lccn
91028571
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1444046

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