Blood, sex and mother dearest: female characters in Slasher films as constructs for the male gaze

Mirza, Willow Danann (2013) Blood, sex and mother dearest: female characters in Slasher films as constructs for the male gaze. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation is concerned with exploring the construction of female characters within the Slasher genre, and how they are influenced by the male gaze. The first chapter will introduce psychoanalysis and its relation to film theory and thereafter each of the other sections will deal with a specific film from the Slasher genre, Halloween (Carpenter, 1978), Psycho (Hitchcock, 1960) and Texas Chasinsaw Massacre (Hooper,1974). Specific central characters will be deconstructed, “The Mother”, “The Killer”, and “The Final Girl”, and their role within the context of the gaze will be deciphered, producing an in depth textual analysis for each one with the intention of deconstructing the representation of female characters and ascertaining what makes them desirable for the male spectators and why. By employing the use of psychoanalysis and some of its central theories regarding psychosexual development and ego creation this dissertation aims to present a wider understanding of character creation and the role it plays in the spectators interpretation of cinema

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2014 13:00
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14033

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