BARBARA CREED. I. Mother’s not herself today. – Norman Bates, Psycho. All human societies have a conception of the monstrous-feminine, of what it is about . In almost all critical writings on the horror film, woman is conceptualized only as victim. In The Monstrous-. Feminine Barbara Creed challenges. In almost all critical writings on the horror film, woman is conceptualised only as victim. In The Monstrous-Feminine Barbara Creed challenges.
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In almost all critical writings on the horror film, woman is conceptualised only as victim. In The Monstrous-Feminine Barbara Creed challenges this patriarchal view by arguing that the prototype of all definitions of the monstrous is the female reproductive body. With close reference to a number of classic horror films including the Alien trilogy, Monsrrous Exorcist and PsychoC In almost all critical writings on the horror film, woman is conceptualised only as victim.
Her argument that man fears woman as castratorrather than as castratedquestions 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. Paperbackpages.
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Lists with This Book. Dec 12, Bridget H rated it really liked it Shelves: Well written, well researched and engrossing. I was somewhat disappointed and confused by Cdeed 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 monstros femme castratricewhich took up the latter half of the book.
I know everything comes Well written, well researched and engrossing. I know everything comes back to Freud but whyyyyy must cred come back to Freudddddd. Cfeed 11, Helen rated it really liked it Shelves: I’ll never watch horror films in quite crwed same way again!
The Monstrous-Feminine : Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis
At times, not the easiest read,probably as this is my first foray into the bxrbara 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! Nov 23, Keith rated it really liked it. It’s totally acceptable to judge this book by its cover.
Mar 31, Evan rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a classic of film analysis and media theory, and it was revolutionary in its way. Her work is strong, focussed, and she writes well.
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But the Freudian underpinnings are just too dank for me cred 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 This is a classic of film analysis and media theory, and it was revolutionary in its way.
The strong review is for her clear style, excellent scholarship, and the wonderful way she clearly sweeps the legs out from under the analysis of male critics who seemingly can’t see the wood for the trees eg, they can’t extract themselves from a white, male, tje perspective monsgrous enough to even consider that another perspective exists.
May 10, Ash rated it liked it Shelves: The first half of this book is amazing, but the second half, creef its inversions of Freud, still has too much Freud.
I have a deep, personal, and I believe entirely justified, hatred of Freud, so my femnine 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.
Feb 21, Filip Peringer rated it it was amazing. 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.
Dec 03, Daisy rated it really liked it Shelves: Four Stars Enjoyment Rating: Sep 01, Alex rated it did not like it Shelves: I am going to tear the entire field of psychoanalysis limb-from-limb as though it came upon me atop Mount Cithaeron. How’s that for the monstrous-feminine, Creed? Jan 27, Fallen rated it it was amazing. The Monstrous-Feminine had 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 tje 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 The Monstrous-Feminine had always been on my to-read list for quite some time, but I never got around barbarx 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 cteed my initial directed study fell through.
This summer was supposed to be about research exclusive to my thesis and mark my making headway into a working draft.
I had a reading list devoted to a subject and a backlog of books I’d dug into so, I was a fekinine steamed to find myself stiffed and strapped to an entirely new reading list because of this study.
But despite the particularly bitter breath I took as I started this book, I started to feminihe as its contents sucked me in. Creed’s analyses of psychoanalytic theory applied to films such as The ExorcistAlienThe Broodand so forth captivated me for the most part. Her first chapter that correlates Kristeva’s femunine to the horror film and overall femininity not only set me up for what was in monsyrous, but also gave me a whole new respect on Kristeva. A later reference to the semiotic chora led me to read into yet another novel concept.
The only thing that rubs me is her essay drawing from Carrie. Seeing the title laid out in the table of contents and reading many references that led up to it had veminine pumped so, I felt somewhat let down as this chapter read as somewhat stale in comparison to the other chapters – before and after.
This piece alone is something I would isolate and assign in its own right, because it breaks new ground in establishing the mother as a site of feminne through moralism, moderation, and surveillance. In addition to that, it offers an innovative insight into Norman Bates as quite a complex, conflicted character.
Creed conveys him as a monster whose evil isn’t an innate compulsion as much as a product of femminine [child] development. The clincher is that I have yet to see many of the movies Creed discusses, but pop culture has afforded me enough of an idea not to be too bent out of shape over spoilers – and Creed’s summaries are sufficient in providing context.
Looks like I’ll have to start reading more of Creed. Jun 20, Vanessa rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a lot of fun to read.
The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis
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 This was a lot of fun to read. The only complaints that I might have is that the structure is a little weird and it left me wanting more.
It makes sense for it to be arranged this way, but it’s a little awkward in the second half. It would have been nice for there to be a little bit more time spent on slasher films.
There was a lot of stuff crammed into that chapter, which also talked about rape-revenge films and Sisters. May teminine, Viola rated it really liked it. Barbara Creed analyses the seven faces’ of the monstrous-feminine: Her argument that man fears woman as castrator, rather than as castrated, questions harbara 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 http: Jun 13, Laura rated it liked it Recommends it for: 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 Ceed, or the “Aliens” Quadrilogy, or even more recent movies like “The Descent”. It examines the issue of gender in horror films, something that barbzra completely obvious when you read the essays but was always just on the tip of your subconscious mind, waiting for the right articulation.
Sep 11, malic rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I also like to throw in transgender monsters and transphobia Nov 22, Shannan rated it liked it. While this book was cutting edge for its time, much of the feminist rhetoric in it is now outdated.
I appreciated the use of omnstrous 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 konstrous lacking quite the point I was hoping for. I would love to see an updated version of the book to incorporate more current feminism. Feb 22, Kelsey rated it liked it Shelves: I barbarw this for a popular culture class in grad school, and as someone with limited knowledge of psychoanalysis, it was hard to get into.
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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 teminine media. Apr 26, Peter North rated it liked it Shelves: I found this text to be very reserved as a piece of “feminism.