9780691006208-0691006202-Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film

Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film

ISBN-13: 9780691006208
ISBN-10: 0691006202
Edition: 34791st
Author: Clover, Carol J.
Publication date: 1993
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Format: Paperback 276 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780691006208
ISBN-10: 0691006202
Edition: 34791st
Author: Clover, Carol J.
Publication date: 1993
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Format: Paperback 276 pages

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Acknowledged authors Clover, Carol J. wrote Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film comprising 276 pages back in 1993. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0691006202 and 9780691006208. Since then Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.76 or rent at the marketplace.

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Do the pleasures of horror movies really begin and end in sadism? So the public discussion of film assumes, and so film theory claims. Carol Clover argues, however, that these films work mainly to engage the viewer in the plight of the victim-hero, who suffers fright but rises to vanquish the forces of oppression.


Clover, a medievalist, had written extensively on the literature and culture of early northern Europe, especially the Old Norse sagas. From her expertise in formulaic narrative grew her interest in contemporary cinema, which is, after all, yet another form of oral storytelling. Men, Women, and Chain Saws investigated the appeal of horror cinema, in particular the phenomenal popularity of those "low" genres that feature female heroes and play to male audiences: slasher, occult, and rape-revenge films. Such genres seem to offer sadistic pleasure to their viewers, and not much else. Clover, however, argued the reverse: that these films are designed to align spectators not with the male tormentor, but with the female tormented--with the suffering, pain, and anguish that the "final girl," as Clover calls the victim-hero, endures before rising, finally, to vanquish her oppressor.


The book has found an avid readership from students of film theory to major Hollywood filmmakers, and the figure of the final girl has been taken up by a wide range of artists, inspiring not just filmmakers but also musicians and poets.

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