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Cinematernity
Author: Lucy Fischer

ISBN: 9780691637020
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 19 March 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.6
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Noting that motherhood is a common metaphor for film production, Lucy Fischer undertakes the first investigation of how the topic of motherhood presents itself throughout a wide range of film genres. Until now discussions of maternity have focused mainly on melodramas, which, along with musicals and screwball comedies, have traditionally been viewed as "women's" cinema. Fischer defies gender-based classifications to show how motherhood has played a fundamental role in the overall cinematic experience. She argues that motherhood is often treated as a site of crisis--for example, the mother being blamed for the ills afflicting her offspring--then shows the tendency of certain genres to specialize in representing a particular social or psychological dimension in the thematics of maternity.


Drawing on social history and various cultural theories, Fischer first looks atRosemary's Baby to show the prevalence of childbirth themes in horror films. In crime films (White Heat), she sees the linkage of male deviance and mothering.The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and The Guar...

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