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Author: Claire Henry

Title: Revisionist Rape-Revenge

Subtitle: Redefining a Film Genre

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Year: 2014

Pages: x + 218pp.

ISBN-13: 9781137414168 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781137413932 (EPUB) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781137413956 (PDF) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | American History: U.S. History | Representations: Films Acolytes, Hard Candy, I Spit on Your Grave (1978), I Spit on Your Grave (2010), Katalin Varga, The Last House on the Left (1972), The Last House on the Left (2009), Mystic River, Sleepers, Teeth, Twilight Portrait; Victims: Revenge



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  List of Figures (p. vii)
  Acknowledgments (p. ix)
  Introduction: Reapproaching Rape-Revenge (p. 1)
    Rape-Revenge as Genre (p. 2)
    New Angles: Politics, Ethics, Affect, and Phenomenology (p. 7)
      Politics (p. 8)
      Ethics (p. 10)
      Affect and Phenomenology (p. 13)
    Definitional Criteria and Revisionist Features: Straightheads Case Study (p. 14)
    Circling the Canon: Chapters Overview (p. 21)
  1 Remaking Rape-Revenge: The Last House on the Left (1972/2009) and I Spit on Your Grave (1978/2010) (p. 27)
    The Last House on the Left (p. 31)
      Rape Scenes and Censorship (p. 33)
      Castrate vs. InSinkErate (p. 36)
      The Endings: The Road Leads to Nowhere (p. 39)
    I Spit on Your Grave (p. 45)
    Crystallization and Change (p. 54)
  2 The Postfeminist Trap of Vagina Dentata for the American Teen Castratrice (p. 57)
    Teeth (p. 59)
    Hard Candy (p. 68)
    Losing Their Bite (p. 76)
  3 Rape, Racism, and Descent into the Ethical Quagmire of Revenge (p. 79)
    Understanding Oppression (p. 82)
    Rape Scene Aspect #1: Rape as Racial Terrorism (p. 85)
    Rape Scene Aspect #2: Date Rape (p. 86)
    Spring: Objectification and Descent (p. 87)
    Fall: The Eroticization and Futility of Revenge (p. 93)
    Harmful Myths (p. 97)
    The Final Look: Shame and Ethical Spectatorship (p. 104)
  4 The Shame of Male Acolytes: Negotiating Gender and Sexuality Through Rape-Revenge (p. 109)
    Acolytes (p. 115)
    The Book of Revelation (p. 123)
    Snowtown (p. 134)
    Shame's Reassessment (p. 141)
  5 Collective Revenge: Challenging the Individualist Victim-Avenger in Death Proof, Sleepers, and Mystic River (p. 143)
    Death Proof and Kill Bill (p. 147)
    Sleepers and Mystic River (p. 157)
    Throwing Like a Girl, Walking Like a Man (p. 167)
  Conclusion: Challenging the Boundaries of Cinema's Rape-Revenge Genre in Katalin Varga and Twilight Portrait (p. 169)
    Katalin Varga (p. 172)
    Twilight Portrait (p. 177)
  Notes (p. 183)
  Works Cited (p. 197)
  Filmography (p. 207)
  Index (p. 211)

Description: »Rape-revenge is one of film studies' neglected genres, in spite of the plethora of examples globally over the past decade. Previously considered a notorious subset of 1970s and 1980s horror or exploitation, there has been a massive revitalization and diversification of rape-revenge in recent years. This book updates and redefines the rape-revenge genre, analyzing the politics, ethics, and affects at play in the filmic construction of rape and its responses. Henry examines significant trends in rape-revenge's temporal, cross-media, and cross-cultural shifts during the genre's revisionist phase through in-depth case studies of films such as The Last House on the Left, Katalin Varga, and Descent. These case studies are placed within the broader cultural myths and media narratives about rape. The book uncovers the current potential and limitations of this under-theorized genre for cultural explorations of political and ethical issues surrounding gender, power, sexuality, spectatorship, rape, and revenge.« (Source: Palgrave Macmillan)

Wikipedia: History of the Americas: History of the United States | Film: American films / Acolytes (film), Hard Candy (film), I Spit on Your Grave, I Spit on Your Grave (2010 film), Katalin Varga (film), The Last House on the Left (1972 film), The Last House on the Left (2009 film), Mystic River (film), Sleepers, Teeth (film) | Film: Rape and revenge film