Rethinking the Femme Fatale in Film Noir: Ready for Her Close-Up

Rethinking the Femme Fatale in Film Noir: Ready for Her Close-Up

by Julie Grossman
     
 

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In the context of nineteenth-century Victorinoir and close readings of original-cycle film noir, Julie Grossman argues that the presence of the "femme fatale" figure, as she is understood in film criticism and popular culture, is drastically over-emphasized and has helped to sustain cultural obsessions with "bad" women.  See more details below

Overview

In the context of nineteenth-century Victorinoir and close readings of original-cycle film noir, Julie Grossman argues that the presence of the "femme fatale" figure, as she is understood in film criticism and popular culture, is drastically over-emphasized and has helped to sustain cultural obsessions with "bad" women.

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2010 Outstanding Academic Title, CHOICE

'This is a compelling, informed, well-researched, and deeply original book.'

- G. A. Foster, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Choice

'Rethinking the Femme Fatale poses important questions for feminist work on noir, underlining how the style also remains a contested and rewarding critical terrain.'

- Yvonne Tasker, Journal of Gender Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781137285881
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/24/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

JULIE GROSSMAN is a professor of English at Le Moyne College, New York, USA. She is co-editor of A Due Voci: The Photography of Rita Hammond and has published articles on film noir, Francis Ford Coppola, Todd Haynes, Oscar Wilde and Karen Finley, and Thomas Hardy and Henry James.

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