Rethinking the Femme Fatale in Film Noir Ready for Her Close-Up

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-12-24
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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In the context of nineteenth-centuryVictorinoirand close readings of original-cycle film noir, Julie Grossman argues that the presence of the 'femme fatale' figure, as she is understood in film criticism and popular culture, is drastically over-emphasized and has helped to sustain cultural obsessions with 'bad' women.

Author Biography

JULIE GROSSMAN is a professor of English at Le Moyne College, New York, USA. She is co-editor of A Due Voci: The Photography of Rita Hammond and has published articles on film noir, Francis Ford Coppola, Todd Haynes, Oscar Wilde and Karen Finley, and Thomas Hardy and Henry James.

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"This is a compelling, informed, well-researched, and deeply original book."
- G. A. Foster, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Choice

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