The Contemporary Femme Fatale: Gender, Genre and American Cinema

1st Edition

Katherine Farrimond

Routledge
Published July 13, 2017
Reference - 192 Pages
ISBN 9781138670662 - CAT# Y230886
Series: Routledge Advances in Film Studies

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Summary

The femme fatale occupies a precarious yet highly visible space in contemporary cinema. From sci-fi alien women to teenage bad girls, filmmakers continue to draw on the notion of the sexy deadly woman in ways which traverse boundaries of genre and narrative. This book charts the articulations of the femme fatale in American cinema of the past twenty years, and contends that, despite her problematic relationship with feminism, she offers a vital means for reading the connections between mainstream cinema and representations of female agency. The films discussed raise questions about the limits and potential of positioning women who meet highly normative standards of beauty as powerful icons of female agency. They point towards the constant shifting between patriarchal appropriation and feminist recuperation that inevitably accompanies such representations within mainstream media contexts.

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