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The Violent Woman
Femininity, Narrative, and Violence in Contemporary American Cinema
The Violent Woman
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Hilary Neroni - Author
SUNY series in Feminist Criticism and Theory
Price: $73.50 
Hardcover - 218 pages
Release Date: April 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6383-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6383-3

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Paperback - 218 pages
Release Date: April 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6384-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6384-0

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Looks at how violent women characters disrupt cinematic narrative and challenge cultural ideals.

In The Violent Woman, Hilary Neroni brings psychoanalytically informed film theory to bear on issues of femininity, violence, and narrative in contemporary American cinema. Examining such films as Thelma and Louise, Fargo, Natural Born Killers, and The Long Kiss Goodnight, Neroni explores why American audiences are so fascinated—even excited—by cinematic representations of violent women, and what these representations reveal about violence in our society and our cinema. Neroni argues that violent women characters disrupt cinematic narrative and challenge cultural ideals, suggesting how difficult it is for Hollywood—the greatest of ideology machines—to integrate the violent woman into its typical narrative structure.

"Neroni's brilliant revelation in this impressively argued and highly engaging work is that film as an artistic medium can either be like the nonviolent woman, upholding certain symbolic laws, or it can boldly go beyond to disrupt—through depictions of jouissance—the limits of the law." — Sheila Kunkle, coeditor of Lacan and Contemporary Film

"Neroni's use of psychoanalytic concepts is well motivated and the terms clearly explained and integrated into the argument. The issues of femininity and violence are considered with respect to several manifestations in film and culture, both historical and contemporary, and the topic is covered with great breadth." — Lia M. Hotchkiss, Central Connecticut State University

Hilary Neroni is Associate Professor of English at the University of Vermont.


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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part One: The Development and Background of the Filmic Violent Woman

1. Complementarity and Its Discontents: An Overview of Violent Women in American Film

2. Expressions of Masculinity: The Traditions of Violence in American Film

3. Female Murderers: America's Recurring Nightmare

Part Two: The Violent Woman on the Contemporary Screen

4. Romancing Trauma: The Violent Woman in Contemporary American Film

5. Violent Women in Love

6. Femininity on the Front Line: Portrayals of Violent Women in Recent Military Films

7. Conclusion: The Long Kiss Goodnight

Endnotes

Index



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