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Re-visiting Female Evil


Power, Purity and Desire
Series: At the Interface / Probing the Boundaries, Volume: 88
Editors: Melissa Dearey, Susana Nicolás, and Roger Davis

Reflecting current trends in scholarly analysis of evil and the feminine, the chapters contained in Re-visiting Female Evil focus upon various ‘re-interpretations’ of evil femininities as a cultural signifier of agency, transgression and crisis, re-interpreting them through rewriting of ‘other’ stories, hermeneutic re-interpretations of ancient/classical texts, and revised film/ stage adaptations. These papers illustrate how gendered cultural myths of women’s intrinsic connection to evil still persist in today’s patriarchal society, though in variant and updated forms. Mischievous, beguiling, seductive, lascivious, unruly, carping, vengeful and manipulative – from the Disney princess to the murderous Medea, these authors grapple with our understanding of what it is to be and do ‘evil’, exploring the possible sources of the fear and hatred of women and the feminine as well as their continual fascination and appeal, and how these manifest in a range of ‘real life’ and fictional narratives that cross times, cultures and media.
Copyright Year: 2017

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ISBN: 978-90-04-35081-6
Publication Date: 28 Aug 2017
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Power, Purity and Desire Volume: 88 Editors: Melissa Dearey, Susana Nicolás, and Roger Davis Publication Date: 28 Aug 2017 ISBN: 978-90-04-35081-6