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Hollywood Heroines


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Contents Introduction: Hollywood Heroines: women, feminism and film 1 At the Margins of 'film noir': genre, range and female representation 2 Reviewing the Female Gothic Heroine: agency, identification and feminist film criticism 3 Narrative Journeys of the Female Gothic Heroine 4 Men in the Woman's Film: the gothic male, representation and female discourse 5 Professional Investigators and 'Femmes Fatales' in Neo-Noir 6 Reworking the Woman's Film: the neo-gothic heroine in contemporary cinema Conclusions: The Currency of Hollywood Heroines Appendix: The Female Gothic Cycle of the 1940s Bibliography Index

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Helen Hanson is Lecturer in Film in the School of English, University of Exeter.


""Hanson gives us close readings that illuminate how the gothic heroine's identity and agency are directly linked to those of the predecessor who haunts her."" -- Max Fincher, Times Literary Supplement, 20 February 2009

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