Carrie: menstruation and the monstrous feminine

Kelleher, Alexandra (2014) Carrie: menstruation and the monstrous feminine. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This work analyses the representation of women, abjection and the female monster in Stephen King's Carrie (1974). as well as two filmic adaptations by De Palmer (1976) and Pierce (2013). It aims to discuss these issues and use character tropes and generic conventions of horror to come to the conclusion that abjection and the female monster are intrinsically linked. This is because menstruation, especially in the female monster, is not uncommon in horror and bodily fluids are considered abject, therefore Carrie as abject and as monster embodies both theories.
    The first part of this dissertation outlines Julia Kristeva's notion of abjection (1988) and then Barbara Creed's ideas on the female monster (1993) and then moves on to introduce Clover's work on characterisation (1992), Creed's subsequent paper on the grotesque (1995) and Rankin's work on the fairy tale (2007). The second chapter then chooses key scenes from the novel to analyses, and chapter 3 analyses the same scenes in the filmic adaptions. The paper concludes by noting that Carrie, as a monster, is abject not just because of her appearance, but because of social behaviour and propriety. Therefore, even though Hollywood cast attractive actresses to play her, the theme of abjection is not lost because actions can overpower appearance when something is considered abject.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 10:40
    Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 10:40

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