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1970s Slashers and the Radical Reimagining Female Representation

This is a standalone/follow-up podcast to my last episode on American slasher films. In this episode I discuss early slashers from the 1970s, the Final Girl trope, and complex personhood. I look at The Last House on the Left, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Carrie as prototypical films that define and develop the trope which has become a major feature of the horror genre.

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Show Notes:

Arvin, Maile Renee. Pacifically Possessed: Scientific Production and Native Hawaiian Critique of the “Almost White” Polynesian Race. Dissertation, UC San Diego: b7759918.

Clover, Carol. Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1992.

Creed, Barbara. The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis. London: Routledge, 1993. Print.

Gordon, Avery. Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota, 1997. Print

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