COMM 452 Midterm notes

COMM 452 Midterm notes - Angela Martin The Central Woman of...

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Angela Martin – The Central Woman of 40s Films Noirs - Woman would be pushed back as strictly domestic roles after the war, “excess labor”. Tension created illusions and disillusions: (Martin 203). - “the American woman had become capable and independent…after Pearl Harbor” (Martin 203). - “masculine fantasy of sexual difference is played out. ..’woman’s film’ as if to keep them in their ‘proper’ and lesser place (Martin 205). - The Circe can enslave the hero with her song and or dance (McArthur 1972, quoted in Martin 205). - Women in film noirs tend to be characterized as intent on castrating or otherwise destroying the male hero (206) - “the fatal woman is by nature deadly; she doesn’t necessarily have to kill anyone, she carries the threat by her very presence” (Martin 207). - As feminist image as expresses powerful image, expressing activity, and expressing masculine view of female sexuality (Martin 208). - Women in film noir are subject to male definition who are often psychotic, or project a neurotic sense of threat (Martin 209). -
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