Domestic Violence in Hollywood Film

Gaslighting

Authors: Shoos, Diane L.

  • First book on domestic violence in Hollywood film
  • Exposes the insufficiency of post-feminist and post-aware perspectives on domestic abuse
  • Engages productive ways of thinking about and responding to the ideological gaslighting of representations of domestic abuse
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This is the first book to critically examine Hollywood films that focus on male partner violence against women. These films include Gaslight, Sleeping with the Enemy, What’s Love Got to Do with It, Dolores Claiborne, Enough, and Safe Haven. Shaped by the contexts of postfeminism, domestic abuse post-awareness, and familiar genre conventions, these films engage in ideological “gaslighting” that reaffirms our preconceived ideas about men as abusers, women as victims, and the racial and class politics of domestic violence. While the films purport to condemn abuse and empower abused women, this study proposes that they tacitly reinforce the very attitudes that we believe we no longer tolerate. Shoos argues that films like these limit not only popular understanding but also social and institutional interventions. 

About the authors

Diane L. Shoos is Associate Professor of Visual Studies in the Humanities Department at Michigan Technological University, USA, where she teaches and publishes on film, feminism, and visual media. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter for 18 years.

Reviews

“Diane Shoos unspools recent films about domestic violence to help us understand how they perpetuate harmful stereotypes of the heroic victim and the monstrous abuser. These depictions are doubly erroneous: they ignore the everyday agency of abused women while misleading us about the utter normalcy of abusers. With Shoos’ excellent book, we learn how viewers are educated against understanding real possibilities for change.” (Carol J. Adams, Author of The Sexual Politics of Meat, 1990, 2015)

“Domestic Violence in Hollywood Film: Gaslighting offers a thorough critique of renditions of domestic abuse in American film. An adept analysis of the recurring tropes, characterizations, assumptions, evasions, and ideological stakes of abuse scenarios and their effects on female protagonists, the study also shows that the ways cinema presents domestic violence are often not distinct from the psychological and emotional processes of abuse itself.” (Judith Roof, William Shakespeare Chair in English, Rice University, USA. Author of What Gender Is, What Gender Does ,2016)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Representing Domestic Violence, Regalvanizing the Revolution

    Shoos, Diane L.

    Pages 1-37

  • Gaslight, Gaslighting, and the Gothic Romance Film

    Shoos, Diane L.

    Pages 39-62

  • Sleeping With the Enemy, Victim Empowerment, and the Thrill of Horror

    Shoos, Diane L.

    Pages 63-86

  • What’s Love Got to Do With It: Race, Class, and the Performance Musical Biopic

    Shoos, Diane L.

    Pages 87-107

  • Dolores Claiborne, Motherhood, and the Maternal Melodrama

    Shoos, Diane L.

    Pages 109-129

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-65064-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65063-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Domestic Violence in Hollywood Film
Book Subtitle
Gaslighting
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65064-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65064-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65063-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 175
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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