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

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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.

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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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"This is a compelling, informed, well-researched, and deeply original book."
- G. A. Foster, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Choice

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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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
Introduction: 'No One Mourns the Wicked'
PART I: FILM NOIR'S 'FEMME FATALES': MOVING BEYOND GENDER FANTASIES
'Well, aren't we Ambitious': Desire, Domesticity, and the 'Femme Fatale'
Psychological Disorders and 'Wiretapping the Unconscious': Film Noir Listens to Women
PART II: LOOKING BACK - VICTORINOIR: MODERN WOMEN AND THE FATAL(E) PROGENY OF VICTORIAN REPRESENTATIONS
Looking Forward - Deconstructing the 'Femme Fatale'
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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