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The Monstrous-Feminine (1-15) Barbara Creed

The Monstrous-Feminine (1-15) Barbara Creed

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Series
editors:Tony
BennettProfessorSchool
of Humanities
Griffith
University
POPULAR
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THE
MONSTROUS.FEMININE
Film,
feminism,
PsychoanalYsis
Barbara
Creed
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New
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CONTENTS
Listof Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Part
I
Faces
of
the
Monstrous-Feminine:
Abjection
and
the
Maternal
INTRODUCTION
1'
I
KRISTEVA,
FEMININITY,
ABJECTION
8
2
HORROR
AND
THE
ARCHAIC
MOTHER:
ALIEN
1'6
3
WOMAN
AS
POSSESSED
MONSTER:
ZFIE
EXORCIST
31,
4
WOMAN
AS MONSTROUS
WOMB:
THE
BROOD
43
5WOMAN
AS
VAMPIRE:
THE
HUNGER
59
6
WOMAN
AS
WITCH:
CARRIE
73
Part
II
Medusa'sHead:PsychoanalyticTheory and the
Femme Castratrice
Preface
87
7
.LITTLE
HANS,RECONSIDERED:
OR.THETALE
OF
MOTHER'S
TERRIFYING
WIDDLER'
88
8
MEDUSA,S
HEAD:
T}{E
VAGINADENTATAANDFREUDIAN
THEORY
105
9
THE FEMME
CASTRATRICE:
I
SPIT
ON
YOUR
GRAVE,
slszERs
122
10
THE CASTRATING
MOTHF-R:
PSYCHO
139
11
THEMEDUSA'S
GAZE
151
Bibliography
167
Filmography
172
Index
l7g
VI
vll
 
INTRODUCTION
The
hp;-r-or.film
is
populate.d
b.f
.tg*g]:"3gfUters'.n1+J
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seem
to
have.
ivotve.d
Jipm-images."rnii-frauntdi.tt-e--4f-gepg'.
py,ths-and-"q*-iidic
iractices
o!gu1..fo1gpearl
many.cer-rtu{les^
-qgo.
The
femalemonster,
or
-monstroui-ie*inine,
wears
many
faces:
the
amoral
primeval
mother(Aliens,
1986)
;
vampire
(The
Hunger,
1983)
;
witch(Carrie,
I97 6)
;
woman
as
monstrous
womb(The
Brood,
1979);
womanasbleeding
wound
(Dressedto
Kill,19s0);
woman
as
possessed
body(The
Exorcist,1973);the
castrating
mother
(Psycho,1960);woman
as
beautiful
but
deadly
killer
(Basic
listinct,
1992);agedpsychopath(WhateverHappened
to
Baby
iane?,1962);
themonstrous
girl-boy(A
Reflection
of
Fear,
t973);
woman
as
non-humananimal(CatPeople,
1942);
woman
as
life-in-death
(Life-
force,
1985);
woman
as
the
deadlyfemme
castratice
(I
Spit
On
Your-Grave,1978).
Although
a.
greatdeal
has
been
written
aboul
t_hq
horror
film.
verv
littl6;i
ihatwork
hasaiscgsseO
ttre
reprqselltalioq
of
1v.9m4q-as-
'monstei.
Instead,
emphasig
!r-a!
been
Qn
wQmanas--yiptim
of the
(mainly
ffiD-
mo.!sFf:-
W.ry-lt-lq-
lvo-a-n.armonster
been
neglec,Ied
!n.
-fgryinist
theory
a;d
h
ui$"qi!t-,alt
s!gn$pa11-1-\qo{eti-qal.
-analvs-e"r'sf.
"the
.
FpP^ular
irorraifilm?.After
all,
t!rQ
image
is
ha1-dly,
tlgw.
'-
Ail
ho*un
societies
hfl-ei.
-q9199p1"i-oi'g1."tu
-ry-o.4ltl9qs-ferqiniag,.qf
wtrai
ilid
aboutwoman
thai
is shobking,-te1rify.ing,
horrific,
abjec!.Freud
-link-ed
manii
f"ut
oi*o*an
to
hisinfantile
belieilhat
the
mother
is
-aastfated.
*Pfo6abli
riomalehumanbeing
is sparedthe
fright
ofcastration
atihe
sigttt
of
a female
genital',Freudwrote
in
his
paper,'Fetishism'in1g27
(p.
L54).
Joseph
campbell,
in
The
Masks
of
God:
Primitive
Mythoiigy,
drew
attentionto
woman
as
castrator
and
witch'
thereis
a
motif
occurring
in
certain
primitive
mythologies,
as
well
as
in
modernsurrealist
painting
and
neurotic
dream,which
is
knownto
folklore
as
'the
toothedvagina'
-
thevagina
that
castrates.
And
a
counterpart,the otherway,
is
the so-called'phallic
mother,'
a
motif
perfectlyillustratedin
thelongfingers
andnose
of
the
witch'(Campbell,
t976,79)
,ji'
r
i,!i
l

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