Violent Women in Contemporary Cinema

Violent Women in Contemporary Cinema

This book explores the representation of homicidal women in contemporary art and independent cinema. Examining narrative, style and spectatorship, Loreck investigates the power of art cinema to depict transgressive femininity.

Author: Janice Loreck

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 113752507X

Category: Art

Page: 200

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Violent Women in Contemporary Cinema explores the representation of homicidal women in six contemporary films: Antichrist (Lars von Trier, 2009), Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis, 2001), Baise-moi (Coralie Thinh Thi and Virginie Despentes, 2000), Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 1994), Monster (Patty Jenkins, 2003) and The Reader (Stephen Daldry, 2008). Violent women in cinema pose an exciting challenge to viewers—when women kill, they overturn cultural ideas of 'typical' feminine behaviour. Janice Loreck explores how cinema creatively depicts the violent woman in response to this challenge. Departing from earlier studies that focus on popular and exploitation cinema, the book takes a unique focus on violent women in art films and other critically-distinguished forms. It explores the appeal that the violent woman holds for spectators within this viewing context. Furthermore, the book also examines how cinema responds to the cultural construction of the violent woman as a conundrum and enigma.
Categories: Art

Violent Women in Contemporary Cinema

Violent Women in Contemporary Cinema

Violent Women in Contemporary Cinema approaches films that depict the violent woman as a creative response to this ideological struggle – an attempt to textually conceive of violent female subjectivity. These texts grapple with some of ...

Author: Janice Loreck

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137525086

Category: Social Science

Page: 179

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Violent women in cinema pose an exciting challenge to spectators, overturning ideas of 'typical' feminine subjectivity. This book explores the representation of homicidal women in contemporary art and independent cinema. Examining narrative, style and spectatorship, Loreck investigates the power of art cinema to depict transgressive femininity.
Categories: Social Science

The Violent Woman

The Violent Woman

Since the late 1980s, the violent woman has become a staple in contemporary American cinema. In looking at films from Thelma and Louise (1991) to Strange Days (1995) to Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) to Girlfight (2000), we quickly see that ...

Author: Hilary Neroni

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791483640

Category: Social Science

Page: 218

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Looks at how violent women characters disrupt cinematic narrative and challenge cultural ideals. In The Violent Woman, Hilary Neroni brings psychoanalytically informed film theory to bear on issues of femininity, violence, and narrative in contemporary American cinema. Examining such films as Thelma and Louise, Fargo, Natural Born Killers, and The Long Kiss Goodnight, Neroni explores why American audiences are so fascinated—even excited—by cinematic representations of violent women, and what these representations reveal about violence in our society and our cinema. Neroni argues that violent women characters disrupt cinematic narrative and challenge cultural ideals, suggesting how difficult it is for Hollywood—the greatest of ideology machines—to integrate the violent woman into its typical narrative structure. Hilary Neroni is Associate Professor of English at the University of Vermont.
Categories: Social Science

New Blood in Contemporary Cinema

New Blood in Contemporary Cinema

Associated with both beauty and monstrosity, the unruly woman dwells close to the grotesque. ... (the suffocating denigration of women in A Question of Silence), the films themselves show this violence of institutional oppression.

Author: Patricia Pisters

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474466974

Category: Electronic books

Page: 256

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The book investigates contemporary women directors who put 'a poetics of horror' to new use in their work, expanding the range of gendered and racialized perspectives in the horror genre.
Categories: Electronic books

Violent Women in Contemporary Theatres

Violent Women in Contemporary Theatres

WOMEN AND STAGE VIOLENCE Once women characters that use force appear in a text, they must then be embodied through the work of directors, combat choreographers, and actors. In this last section of the introduction, I compare film and ...

Author: Nancy Taylor Porter

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319570068

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 410

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This book brings together the fields of theatre, gender studies, and psychology/sociology in order to explore the relationships between what happens when women engage in violence, how the events and their reception intercept with cultural understandings of gender, how plays thoughtfully depict this topic, and how their productions impact audiences. Truthful portrayals force consideration of both the startling reality of women's violence — not how it's been sensationalized or demonized or sexualized, but how it is — and what parameters, what possibilities, should exist for its enactment in life and live theatre. These women appear in a wide array of contexts: they are mothers, daughters, lovers, streetfighters, boxers, soldiers, and dominatrixes. Who they are and why they choose to use violence varies dramatically. They stage resistance and challenge normative expectations for women. This fascinating and balanced study will appeal to anyone interested in gender/feminism issues and theatre.
Categories: Performing Arts

Aesthetic Violence and Women in Film

Aesthetic Violence and Women in Film

Violent Femmes.” Washington Monthly, Sept., 2001, 15–18. Neroni, Hilary (2005). The Violent Woman: Femininity, Narrative, and Violence in Contemporary Action Cinema. Albany, NY: SUNY Press. O'Day, Marc (2004). “Beauty in Motion: Gender ...

Author: Joseph H. Kupfer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351855242

Category: Social Science

Page: 92

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Aesthetic Violence and Women in Film is a highly readable and timely analysis of the intersection of two recent cinematic trends in martial arts films: aesthetic violence and warrior women. Joseph Kupfer establishes specific categories of aesthetic film violence, including hyper-violence, a visual style that emphasizes the sensuous surface of physical destruction and surreal violence, when spectacular imagery and gravity-defying dance replace blood and gore. He then goes on to outline the ascendancy during the past decades of female characters to the status of hero in action films. Interweaving these two subjects, the book reveals how women warriors instigate and animate the models of aesthetic violence introduced. The hyper-violence of Kill Bill celebrates the triumphs of the Bride, whose maiming and dismemberment of enemies produce brilliant red plumes and silvered geysers of blood. The surrealistic violence in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The House of Flying Daggers creatively elevates violence from earthbound mayhem to an enchanting aerial display of female-dominated acrobatics. Both film-stories are driven by the plight and aspirations of female combatants, suggesting an affinity between women and the transfiguration of fighting wrought by surrealistic violence. By elevating the significance of violence in action films and linking it together with the growing popularity of central female characters in this genre, Aesthetic Violence and Women in Film will be of interest to students and scholars in film studies, popular culture, gender studies, aesthetics, and social philosophy.
Categories: Social Science

The Enigma of a Violent Woman

The Enigma of a Violent Woman

Millbank, J. “From Butch to Butcher's Knife: Film, Crime and Lesbian Sexuality.” Sidney Law Review 18 (1996): ... Neroni, H. The Violent Woman: Femininity, Narrative and Violence in Contemporary American Cinema. New York: SUNY Press, ...

Author: Jennifer M. Kilty

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317033974

Category: Law

Page: 160

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Karla Homolka has proven to be a figure of enduring interest to the public and media for the last 20 years. However, despite the widespread Canadian and international public commentary and media frenzy that has encircled this case, Homolka herself remains an enigma to most who write about her. In contrast to much of the contemporary discussion on this case, this book offers a comprehensive and detailed examination of the legal, public and media understandings and explanations of Homolka’s criminality. Drawing from multiple fields of study and varied bodies of critical literature, the book uses Homolka as an object lesson to interrogate some of the narratives and conceptualizations of ‘violent women’, the problematic normative constructions of womanhood and ‘acceptable femininity’, leniency in sentencing, taboo and disgust, and questions of remorse. The authors address broad questions about how women convicted of violence are typically constructed across four sites: the courts; the academy; the mainstream media; and public discourse. This unique text is extremely important for feminist criminology and socio-legal studies, offering the first comprehensive academic effort to engage in dialogue about this important and fascinating case.
Categories: Law

Screening Scarlett Johansson

Screening Scarlett Johansson

Her research focuses on representations of women and film violence in global art cinema. She is the author of Violent Women in Contemporary Cinema (2016) and is Festival Coordinator for the Melbourne Women in Film Festival.

Author: Janice Loreck

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030331962

Category: Social Science

Page: 227

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Screening Scarlett Johansson: Gender, Genre, Stardom provides an account of Johansson’s persona, work and stardom, extending from her breakout roles in independent cinema, to contemporary blockbusters, to her self-parodying work in science-fiction. Screening Scarlett Johansson is more than an account of Johansson’s career; it positions Johansson as a point of reference for interrogating how femininity, sexuality, identity and genre play out through a contemporary woman star and the textual manipulations of her image. The chapters in this collection cast a critical eye over the characters Johansson has portrayed, the personas she has inhabited, and how the two intersect and influence one another. They draw out the multitude of meanings generated through and inherent to her performances, specifically looking at processes of transformation, metamorphosis and self-deconstruction depicted in her work.
Categories: Social Science

Early Modern Tragedy and the Cinema of Violence

Early Modern Tragedy and the Cinema of Violence

The emergence of the female action hero/-ine in the 1990s has complicated the debate still further, but despite these wider cultural shifts the misogyny identified by the feminists of the 1970s persists in many contemporary ...

Author: S. Simkin

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230597112

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

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This study considers parallel issues in revenge tragedies of the early seventeenth-century and violent cinema of the last thirty years. It offers a series of provocative explorations of death, revenge and justice, and gender and violence. What happens when we connect The White Devil with Basic Instinct ? The Changeling or Titus Andronicus with Straw Dogs ? Doctor Faustus with Se7en ? Taxi Driver with The Spanish Tragedy ? Appealing to those with an interest in either drama or film, written in an engaging style, the book also reconsiders the high /popular culture divide, and reflects on the enduring significance of the revenge motif in Western culture over the past four hundred years, particularly in the post 9/11 context.
Categories: Performing Arts

Rethinking the Victim

Rethinking the Victim

Gender and Violence in Contemporary Australian Women's Writing Anne Brewster, Sue Kossew ... Critique of Violence: Between Poststructuralism and Critical Theory. ... Public Rape: Representing Violation in Fiction and Film.

Author: Anne Brewster

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351606905

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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This book is the first to examine gender and violence in Australian literature. It argues that literary texts by Australian women writers offer unique ways of understanding the social problem of gendered violence, bringing this often private and suppressed issue into the public sphere. It draws on the international field of violence studies to investigate how Australian women writers challenge the victim paradigm and figure women’s agencies. In doing so, it provides a theoretical context for the increasing number of contemporary literary works by Australian women writers that directly address gendered violence, an issue that has taken on urgent social and political currency. By analysing Australian women’s literary representations of gendered violence, this book rethinks victimhood and agency, particularly from a feminist perspective. One of its major innovations is that it examines mainstream Australian women’s writing alongside that of Indigenous and minoritised women. In doing so it provides insights into the interconnectedness of Australia’s diverse settler, Indigenous and diasporic histories in chapters that examine intimate partner violence, violence against Indigenous women and girls, family violence and violence against children, and the war and political violence.
Categories: Literary Criticism