Grotesque Femininities: Evil, Women and the Feminine (Paperback)Maria Barrett (editor)
Paperback Published: 01/12/2010
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Grotesque Femininities focuses on the representations of evil excess that women and the feminine are constructed as embodying within modern cultures. Within that evil female excess, is a politics of women's otherness that embraces a duality of the uncanny and the carnivalesque as emblems of disturbing disorders. The book is organised thematically under the headings, femininity and mythology, abusive women, reversing the gaze and crossing boundaries. It comprises a series of contributions that demonstrate the contradictions and ambivalence of the feminine. South Africa, Britain, America and Australia all feature as contexts within which evil women make their appearances. Within these contexts, werewolves, devils, obese black mermaids, female paedophiles, a wicked mother, a vaginally-toothed girl, a lesbian/redneck killer, some promiscuous women and a pregnant man, all demonstrate that the feminine instils a globalised fear that crosses cultural and national boundaries. In particular, the volume's essays offer an exciting and exceptional analysis of the ways that cultures both adore and abhor the feminine as belonging to evil women. Grotesque Femininities will be of interest to scholars of media, popular culture, criminologists, women's studies, literature, sociology and cultural historians. It is a collection that offers a wealth of knowledge about the perceived truths that surround evil women in different contexts.
Publisher: Inter-Disciplinary Press
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 210 x 150 x 25 mm
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