Event Title

The Abyssal Womb: Queer Spectatorship and Abjection in Horror Cinema

Location

Science Center, A209

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-26-2013 4:00 PM

End Date

4-26-2013 5:00 PM

Abstract

This project is the first section of my interdisciplinary cinema studies/gender, sexuality, and feminist studies capstone. Here I examine depictions of women in horror that specifically draw from the archetype of the archaic, abject, parthenogenetic mother. By engaging with psychoanalytic and feminist film theory, I explore the possibilities of a subversive queer spectatorship strategy through deliberate identification with the monstrous female “Other” in the films The Wicker Man (1973) and The Descent (2005). The second part of my capstone, which I am working on this semester with a grant from the Cinema Studies Program, is a short feminist horror film.

Notes

Session III, Panel 15: The Bourgeois, the Bicep, and the Abject: Anomalous Gazes in Painting, Sculpture, and Cinema
Moderator: Erik Inglis, Associate Professor of Art History

Major

Cinema Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies

Advisor(s)

Geoff Pingree, Cinema Studies
Meredith Raimondo, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies

Project Mentor(s)

Meredith Raimondo, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies

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The Abyssal Womb: Queer Spectatorship and Abjection in Horror Cinema

Science Center, A209

This project is the first section of my interdisciplinary cinema studies/gender, sexuality, and feminist studies capstone. Here I examine depictions of women in horror that specifically draw from the archetype of the archaic, abject, parthenogenetic mother. By engaging with psychoanalytic and feminist film theory, I explore the possibilities of a subversive queer spectatorship strategy through deliberate identification with the monstrous female “Other” in the films The Wicker Man (1973) and The Descent (2005). The second part of my capstone, which I am working on this semester with a grant from the Cinema Studies Program, is a short feminist horror film.