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The New Avengers
Feminism, Femininity and the Rape-Revenge Cycle
Jacinda Read  

$33.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2000
ISBN: 9780719059056    

304 Pages

Canadian rights only.
Distributed for Manchester University Press


About the Book

In this, the first full-length study of the rape-revenge film, Jacinda Read suggests that the rape-revenge cycle can be read as one of the primary ways in which Hollywood has attempted to make sense of feminism and the changing shape of heterosexual femininity in the post-1970 period. Arguing that rape-revenge is better understood not as a genre, but as a narrative structure, the author analyses the ways in which various deployments of this structure rework the 'mass cultural fictions of femininity' inscribed in the genres over which they have been mapped. From the 'frontier femmes' of rape-revenge westerns such as Hannie Caulder, through the 'erotic avengers' of neo-noirs such as Batman Returns, to the 'maternal avengers' of rape-revenge melodramas such as Eye for an Eye, The New Avengers explores the popular understandings of feminism that circulate around these generic manifestations of the female avenger. Applying ideas from feminist cultural studies to the analysis of film, and combining detailed textual analysis with contextual analysis, The New Avengers challenges many of the received orthodoxies of feminist theory and takes feminist film criticism and indeed, feminism itself, into the next generation. Interdisciplinary in its approach, The New Avengers will be of interest to second and third year undergraduates, postgraduates and lecturers across several academic fields including film studies, gender studies, and media and cultural studies.

About the Author(s)

Jacinda Read is Lecturer in Media Studies at De Montfort University.

Table of Contents

Part I
Introduction: Femininism and popular culture
The structure of the book
1. Narratives of transformation: the rape-revenge cycle
2. From romance to revenge: Sleeping with the Enemy

Part II 'Pre-feminism'
3. Rape-revenge and mass cultural fictions of femininity

Part III 'Femininism'
4. Popular film/popular feminism: the critical reception of the rape-revenge film
5. Frontier femmes: rape-revenge and the western

Part IV 'Post-feminism'
6. Rape-revenge in post-modern Hollywood
7. From feminism to family values: the maternal avenger



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Related Topics

Film & Media Studies
Gender Studies
Popular Culture
Women's Studies

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