From Femme Fatale to Final Girl: Feminist Theory and the Horror Genre

Please offer any insights or suggestions–I definitely need to reread some of these works 😐 there may be far better film examples to use too… especially since Get Out isn’t even screening yet >.<

From Femme Fatale to Final Girl: Feminist Theory and the Horror Genre

Amanda Martin Sandino, PhC, MFA

amartins@ucsd.edu

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Required Texts:

  • The Dread of Difference: Gender and the Horror Film. Ed. Barry Keith Grant. 2nd ISBN-10: 0292772459

 

Course Schedule:

Week One: Intro to Feminist Film Theory

  • Film: Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
  • Readings:
    • Hollinger, Karen, “What is Feminist Film Studies?”

 Week Two: The Oppositional Gaze: Whose Horror is This?

  • Film: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
  • Readings:
    • hooks, bell, “The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators”
    • Williams, Linda, “When the Woman Looks” in Grant’s The Dread of Difference

 Week Three: The Madonna-Whore Dynamic and the Final Girl

 Week Four: The Monstrous Feminine

Week Five: Birthing the Devil: Mystical and Monstrous Pregnancies

  • Film: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  • Readings:
    • Feminist Frequency, “#5: The Mystical Pregnancy (Tropes vs. Women)”; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rhH_QGXtgQ
    • Creed, Barbara, “Woman as Monstrous Womb: The Brood
    • Fischer, Lucy, “Birth Traumas: Parturition and Horror in Rosemary’s Baby,” in Grant’s The Dread of Difference

Week Six: Bad Mamas

Week Seven: Transphobia and Monstrous Gender

  • Film: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  • Readings:
    • Benshoff, Harry M., “The Monster and the Homosexual,” in Grant’s The Dread of Difference
    • Stahl, Lynne, “Assuming Identities: Gender, Sexuality, and Performativity in The Silence of the Lambs

Week Eight: The First to Die: Race and Victimhood

 Week Nine: Mad Women: Disability, Sex, and the Horror Genre

  • Film: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962)
  • Readings:
    • Sutton, Travis, “Avenging the Body: Disability in the Horror Film”
    • Brooks, Jodi, “Fascination and the Grotesque: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”

Week Ten: Reflections: So, Whose Horror is This Anyway?

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