Female monsters: horror, the “femme fatale” and World War II

Jancovich, Mark (2008) Female monsters: horror, the “femme fatale” and World War II. European Journal of American Culture, 27 (2). pp. 133-149.

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The article is an examination of critical reception of the figure of the female monster as it emerged from the horror film during World War II, and it seeks to analyse discourses through which this figure was understood during the period of their initial release. In the process, the article demonstrates that the figure currently referred to as the femme fatale was not understood as a coherent or unified phenomenon in the period, and that it did not develop as part of a reaction against the working women of wartime. On the contrary, the essay demonstrates the ways in which the female monster developed around the start of the war and the way in which she was both identified with the figure of slacker and often overtly opposed to the figure of the independent woman of wartime.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Film and Television Studies (former - to 2012)
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2010 13:58
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2023 13:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/10069
DOI: 10.1386/ejac.27.2.133_1

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