The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis

The Monstrous Feminine Film Feminism Psychoanalysis In almost all critical writings on the horror film woman is conceptualized only as victim In The Monstrous Feminine Barbara Creed challenges the mythical patriarchal view that woman terrifies becaus

  • Title: The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis
  • Author: Barbara Creed
  • ISBN: 9780415052597
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Paperback
  • In almost all critical writings on the horror film, woman is conceptualized only as victim In The Monstrous Feminine, Barbara Creed challenges the mythical patriarchal view that woman terrifies because she is castrated, by arguing that woman primarily terrifies because of a fear that she might castrate With close reference to a number of classic horror films including AlIn almost all critical writings on the horror film, woman is conceptualized only as victim In The Monstrous Feminine, Barbara Creed challenges the mythical patriarchal view that woman terrifies because she is castrated, by arguing that woman primarily terrifies because of a fear that she might castrate With close reference to a number of classic horror films including Alien, The Brood, The Hunger, Carrie, The Exorcist, Sisters, I Spit on Your Grave and Psycho, she presents a sustained analysis of the seven faces of the monstrous feminine from a feminist and psychoanalytic perspective, discussing woman as monster in relation to woman as archaic mother, monstrous womb, vampire, witch, possessed body, monstrous mother and castrator Her argument disrupts Freudian and Lacanian theories of sexual difference, as well as existing theories of spectatorship and fetishism in relation to the male and female gaze in the cinema, to provide a challenging and provocative re reading of classical and contemporary film and theoretical texts.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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!

    3. This is a classic of film analysis and media theory, and it was revolutionary in its way. However, as a queer feminist, I disagree with 85% of pretty much everything Creed uses as a basis for her analysis. 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 [...]

    4. The first half of this book is amazing, but the second half, despite its inversions of Freud, still has too much Freud. I have a deep, personal, and I believe entirely justified, hatred of Freud, so my eyes glazed over a little there. Which is a shame, because if Creed had just kept doing the stuff she was doing in the first half, deepening it and broadening it, this'd be an easy five star book.

    5. It's definitely eye-opening. Creed is a genius, both analytically and literary. I'm not used to reading that kind of books, but as a horror fan I must say - it was a delight. It really helps to understand the problem with depiction of women in all kinds of horror genres.

    6. The Monstrous-Femininehad always been on my to-read list for quite some time, but I never got around to actually reading it - but by some cosmic coincidence, I was assigned to read it for a directed study course (a course I'm only in because my initial directed study fell through). I honestly wasn't keen to read this under the circumstances. Actually, I wasn't keen to do pretty much anything under the circumstances. This summer was supposed to be about research exclusive to my thesis and mark my [...]

    7. This was a lot of fun to read. I rewatched all of the films as I was reading, and I really enjoyed it. If you don't feel like watching the films, the plots are all described, but I think you'd definitely miss something if you skipped watching the films. I flew through the theory chapters just as quickly as the ones about movies. For an academic work, the theories are decently simply explained, though I might read through all the theory chapters if you're new to Freud.The only complaints that I m [...]

    8. Barbara 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.On Cindy Sherman photography megankarius/academic-papere al [...]

    9. I read this book because I love monster movies, especially the campy ones where the monster is (invariably) female and on a killing rampage. This is a great book if you revel in movies like Cronenberg's "The Brood", or the "Aliens" Quadrilogy, or even more recent movies like "The Descent". It examines the issue of gender in horror films, something that seems completely obvious when you read the essays but was always just on the tip of your subconscious mind, waiting for the right articulation.

    10. this is one of the most enjoyable feminist film theory books i've ever read. jumping off of freud and kristeva, it explores the fear of the monstrous-feminine not as the castrated subject-as freud argued, but as the subject that threatens to castrate. then it gives all sorts of examples of castrating female monsters, with images, from popular culture! this books makes watching horror movies and reading psychoanalysis so much fun, especially when you think of castration metaphorically as the down [...]

    11. While this book was cutting edge for its time, much of the feminist rhetoric in it is now outdated. I appreciated the use of the monstrous feminine as a retaliation against a society expecting only pretty women, and used it in a paper discussing the harpies of Greek poetry, but I found it often lacking quite the point I was hoping for. I would love to see an updated version of the book to incorporate more current feminism.

    12. I read this for a popular culture class in grad school, and as someone with limited knowledge of psychoanalysis, it was hard to get into. However, by the end of it, Creed presents an immensely liberating theory regarding the monstrous feminine, and made me completely rethink the way media portrays women. Since I finished it a few days ago, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. Absolutely worth a read if you're interested in women in media.

    13. I found this text to be very reserved as a piece of "feminism." This topic is very pertinent to my studies (monster/queer/othered comparisons) however I don't know how much I got out of its content. Creed zeros in on some interesting perspectives of the films she is analyzing with the support of her connections to Freud's work, but I just wish she was more particular or made more groundbreaking points.

    14. Excellent if you are into cinema, psychoanalysis, feminism and horror. It is a must.It is extraordinary how Creed debates on Freud's theories, but with respect and objectivity. All the points she makes are insightful. Great analysis.

    15. One of few Freudian/Lacanian film studies books that I enjoy, partly because of Creed's lengthy dissection of their theories in the latter half of the book.

    16. A critique of Freudian readings of horror films. Unquestionably massively influential, excellently written with wit and expertise.

    17. 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.

    18. A hugely informative work. Anyone who loves/writes horror will find this a horde of useful information.

    19. I've read some of her essays in my horror film class and of course used for writing papers, but never read the whole book. Would love to get a hold of a copy to explore all those concepts again.

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