Rethinking the Femme Fatale in Film Noir

Ready for Her Close-Up

Authors: Grossman, J.

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In the context of nineteenth-century Victorinoir and close readings of original-cycle film noir, Julie Grossman argues that the presence of the "femme fatale" figure, as she is understood in film criticism and popular culture, is drastically over-emphasized and has helped to sustain cultural obsessions with "bad" women.

About the authors

JULIE GROSSMAN is Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English, Communication and Film Studies at Le Moyne College, New York, USA. She is co-editor of A Due Voci: The Photography of Rita Hammond and has published articles on film noir, Francis Ford Coppola, Todd Haynes, Oscar Wilde and Karen Finley, and Thomas Hardy and Henry James.

Reviews

2010 Outstanding Academic Title, CHOICE

'This is a compelling, informed, well-researched, and deeply original book.'

- G. A. Foster, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Choice

'Rethinking the Femme Fatale poses important questions for feminist work on noir, underlining how the style also remains a contested and rewarding critical terrain.'

- Yvonne Tasker, Journal of Gender Studies


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction “No One Mourns the Wicked”

    Grossman, Julie

    Pages 1-18

  • Film Noir’s “Femmes Fatales”: Moving Beyond Gender Fantasies

    Grossman, Julie

    Pages 21-40

  • “Well, aren’t we ambitious”: Desire, Domesticity, and the “Femme Fatale,” or “You’ve made up your mind I’m guilty”: The Long Reach of Misreadings of Woman as Wicked in American Film Noir

    Grossman, Julie

    Pages 41-66

  • Psychological Disorders and “Wiretapping the Unconscious”: Film Noir Listens to Women

    Grossman, Julie

    Pages 67-89

  • Looking Back—Victorinoir: Modern Women and the Fatal(e) Progeny of Victorian Representations

    Grossman, Julie

    Pages 93-131

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rethinking the Femme Fatale in Film Noir
Book Subtitle
Ready for Her Close-Up
Authors
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Julie Grossman
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-27498-3
DOI
10.1057/9780230274983
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-23328-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-28588-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-31334-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 176
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