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Table of Contents
                            The Monstrous-Feminine
Popular Fiction Series
Title Page
Copyright
Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Part I Faces of the Monstrous-Feminine: Abjection and the Maternal
	Introduction
	1 Kristeva, Femininity, Abjection
	2 Horror and the Archaic Mother: Alien
	3 Woman as Possessed Monster: The Exorcist
	4 Woman as Monstrous Womb: The Brood
	5 Woman as Vampire: The Hunger
	6 Woman as Witch: Carrie
Part II Medusa’s Head: Psychoanalytic Theory and the Femme Castratrice
	Preface
	7 ‘Little Hans’ Reconsidered: or the Tale of Mother’s Terrifying Widdler’
	8 Medusa’s Head: The Vagina Dentata and Freudian Theory
	9 The Femme Castratrice: I Spit on your Grave, Sisters
	10 The Castrating Mother: Psycho
	11 The Medusa’s Gaze
Bibliography
Filmography
Index
                        
Document Text Contents
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THE MONSTROUS-
FEMININE

In almost all critical writings on the
horror film, woman is conceptualized
only as victim. In

Barbara Creed challenges
this patriarchal view by arguing that
the prototype of all definitions of the
monstrous is the female reproductive
body.

Woman as castrator constitutes the
most significant face of the monstrous-
feminine in film, and Creed challenges
the mythical patriarchal view that

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monstrous-feminine: the femme
castratrice in Sisters and I Spit on
Your Grave and the castrating mother
in Psycho and other horror films that
deal with the psychotic mother. (Unless
otherwise stated, all quotations of
Freud’s works in Chapter 7 are from
‘Analysis of a phobia in a five-year-
old boy’.)

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110–11; and menstruation 112; and mutilated male
monster 115; in myth and legend 1–2, 105–6, 166;
and oral sadism 112–13; in popular speech 106–7;
and teeth dreams 117–19; and vampire 66 see
also monstrous-feminine

vampire 4, 10–11, 17, 59–72, 154 see also
monstrous-feminine

Verdet, Marc 137
victim: male 2, 122–38; female 1, 4, 6–7, 122, 127,

130, 152
virginity 3, 66, 115, 119–21
voyeurism 23, 145–6 see also spectatorship

Walker, Barbara G. 63–4, 74, 80, 105, 109
Waller, Gregory A. 131
werewolf 4, 10, 32, 65, 67, 103, 115, 158–9
White, Allon 80
Whitford, Margaret 165
Willemen, Paul 29
Williams, Linda 6–7
witch: in film 76–7 see also monstrous-feminine
woman: male fears of 7, 57, 105–21 passim, 130–1,

152–3
woman’s film 55, 77, 131–2, 139, 152, 153
woman’s movement 4, 59
women’s revenge film see revenge
woman’s wound 48, 63, 70–1, 82
womb: as abyss 27; coffin 69; children’s knowledge

of 93–1; in Freud 115; as garden of Paradise 64;
in horror films 53–8; as monstrous place 43–58;
as signifier of difference 27, 57; as tomb 4, 82;

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and vampire myth 63–6; as wandering 57 see
also monstrous-feminine

Wood, Robin 3, 49, 61, 77, 131, 134–6, 147–8

Zeus 18
Zimmerman, Bonnie 59–61
zombie 4, 10–11, 45, 154

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