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Title:Gender-Based Ideology in Film and Literature: The Fantastic and Related Genres
Author(s):Hottell, Ruth Ann
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Jahiel, Edwin,
Department / Program:French
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, Romance
Abstract:The work studies gender-based ideology in the fantastic and related genres. It begins with a general definition of the genre and an examination of its production in filmic and literary texts. Chapter 1 thus situates the fantastic while chapter 2 explores the identity and the otherness of the fantastic agent as represented in and through the text. Reader and spectator strategies are discussed, with emphasis on similarities and differences between the two. Additionally, the ideological implications of the treatment of Woman, her image and her desire are examined. Finally, related genres, especially romance/adventure, are treated in light of their capacity to protect the homogeneity and closure of the phallocentric text after the propaganda inherent in the fantastic was revealed.
The ensuing chapters consist of case studies, using psychoanalytic criticism to explore the arrival, function and expulsion of the fantastic agent as it is defined by the Symbolic Order and articulated in the text. The nature of the look is treated also, along with its relation to desire and power. The specific works analyzed are: "La Morte Amoureuse" by Theophile Gautier and Les Diaboliques by Henri-Georges Clouzot. In chapter 5, the hypothesis concerning romance/adventure is tested on a 1984 film, Romancing the Stone by Robert Zemeckis. The goal of this final chapter is to expose any advances made toward affording the heroine a role as subject rather than object in the text.
Issue Date:1987
Description:228 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1987.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8803067
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1987

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