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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

“Go Cart – Drop Mix” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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The Problem with Bi-Curious and the Virgin: Heteronormativity, Biphobia, and MTV’s Scream

In this stand-alone podcast I talk about the complicated politics of representation and sexuality in MTV’s Scream.

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My other podcast on Scream can be found here: https://openivorytower.org/2016/12/22/episode-6-scream-and-the-meta-final-girl/

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Neoliberalism Ate My Democracy, Or 1980s and 90s Cult TV

A brief explanation of what neoliberalism is, how it developed, and its influence on television horror in the 1980s and 90s.

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Horror TV History: Censorship, Anxiety, and the Cold War

The first installment in a series looking at the development of the horror genre on TV.

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Rape-Revenge Film List

List of must-see films for the Rape-Revenge section of my taxonomy of horror sub-genres.

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Episode 6: Scream and the Meta Final Girl

The last podcast in this series covers the various iterations of gendered tropes in the MTV series Scream and how gender and violence intersect in metafictional horror.

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Why Monsters? Bugs and the 1990s’ Domestication of Horror

Discussion of the beginnings of horror film history, in this post looking specifically at gender, race, bugs, and the 1990s.

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Why Monsters? Displaced Queerness and the 1980s Slasher

Discussion of horror film history, in this post looking specifically at the slasher sub-genre, sexuality, and the 1980s.

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Episode 5: Ms. Ives, The New Old Final Girl

Penny Dreadful, having premiered at South by Southwest and airing on Showtime, is a “quality TV” version of episodic horror.

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