The Femme Fatale: Images, Histories, Contexts

Hardcover | August 15, 2010

EditorHelen Hanson

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These essays trace the femme fatale across literature, visual culture and cinema, exploring the ways in which fatal femininity has been imagined in different cultural contexts and historical epochs, and moving from mythical women such as Eve, Medusa and the Sirens via historical figures such as Mata Hari to fatal women in contemporary cinema.

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These essays trace the femme fatale across literature, visual culture and cinema, exploring the ways in which fatal femininity has been imagined in different cultural contexts and historical epochs, and moving from mythical women such as Eve, Medusa and the Sirens via historical figures such as Mata Hari to fatal women in contemporary ...

HELEN HANSON is Lecturer in Film within the School of Arts, Languages and Literature at the University of Exeter, UK. She is the author of Hollywood Heroines: Women in Film Noir and the Female Gothic Film (2007), and has contributed essays to The Cambridge Companion to Film Music, The Daphne Du Maurier Companion and The Body's Perilou...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.65 × 5.73 × 0.74 inPublished:August 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction--H.Hanson &--C.O'Rawe
PART ONE: HISTORICAL AND THEORETICAL CONTEXTS OF THE FEMME FATALE
couter La Femme, or Why are Women Fatal?--G.Pollock
Woman and the Nocturnal Noir City--E.Bronfen
The Mother of All Femmes Fatales--K.Edwards
PART TWO: FROM FIN-DE-SIECLE TO EARLY CINEMA
Challenging the Stereotype: Symbolist and Decadent Depictions of the Femme Fatale at the Fin de Sicle--J.Sully
Silent Divas--J.Ramirez
"Youll be the death of me": Mata Hari and the Myth of the Femme Fatale--R.White
PART THREE: STARS
Simone Signoret: Queer Femme Fatale--S.Hayward
Greta Gynt and the Femme Fatale in Postwar British Cinema--M.Bell-Williams
Put the Blame On Mei: Zhang Ziyi and the Creation of a Global Archetype--O.Korelou
Fatal Obsessions: Stars, Noir and Italian Neo-realism--C.O'Rawe
PART FOUR: NATIONAL CINEMAS: (FATAL) CASE STUDIES
The Femme Fatale in Spanish Retro Noir: The Problematic Recuperation of a Repressed Voice--A.Davies
Chiaroscuro: The Half-Glimpsed Femme Fatale of Italian Film Noir--M.Wood
A Myth is Born: The Femme Fatale in the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema--M.Rinka &--J.Marambio
PART FIVE: HOLLYWOOD
Narration, Knowledge and the Figure of the Femme Fatale in Human Desire--S.Neale
"Well, arent we ambitious?": Misreading Women in Film Noir as Femmes Fatales--J.Grossman
The Big Seduction: Sexuality, Feminism and the Femme Fatale; H.Hanson
Notes
Bibliography
Index