The reinvention of the femme fatale in Hollywood neo noir films: post-feminist versions of a classic icon

Palmieri, Antonella (2008) The reinvention of the femme fatale in Hollywood neo noir films: post-feminist versions of a classic icon. Masters thesis, University of East Anglia.

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Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
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Abstract

The dissertation focuses on how the character of the femme fatale has been reworked in the new noir films of the late 1980s and 1990s, and explores the extent to which such a rendition reproduces the politics of gender representation in post-feminist media culture of the time. For the purpose of my discussion, I restrict my study of the new femme fatale to those postclassical noir films made and set in the present that reflect a noir sensibility and that allude to classic film noir in terms of narrative, character types and/or style. The key texts that form the base of my dissertation are Fatal Attraction (Adrian Lyne, 1987, USA), Basic Instinct (Paul Verhoeven, 1992, USA/France), Body of Evidence (Uli Edel, 1993, Germany/USA) and Disclosure (Barry Levinson, 1994, USA).

Keywords:New noir films, Femme Fatale, Backlash post-feminism, (Hetero)sex-positive post-feminism
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Film)
ID Code:16848
Deposited On:01 Mar 2015 19:14

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