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‘horrality’

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the

monstrous

feminine

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abjection

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Vagina

dentata

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L’Origine du Monde (Gustave Courbet, 1866)

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(from Le blog de Marc Lefrancois)

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Lesbian Vampire Killers (Claydon, 2009)

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The

phallic

mother

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Medusa (Caravaggio, 1597)

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Head of Medusa (Peter Paul Rubens, 1617-18)

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What it is that marks the female patient as a ‘monstrous body’?

How does she relate to the image of the male doctor?

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the

archaic

mother

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Archaic Mother

Patriarchal Law

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Freudian

death

wish

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eroticism

#253 (Cindy Sherman, 1992)~ part of the Abject Art movement ~

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Elle est retrouvee. [It is now re-found!]Quoi? L’eternite. [What? Eternity.]C’est la mer allee [It is the sea co-mingled]Avec le soleil. [With the sun.]

Bataille from A Season in Hell

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Alien (Ridley Scott 1979)

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the

primal

scene

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel, 1956)

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Who or what is representing the mother? The child? Is it clear?

How can we tie the notion of abjection as “blurring boundaries” to these representations?

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abjection

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The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi, 1981)

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abject

vs

uncanny

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rites of defilement

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excremental

vs

menstrual

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Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1976)

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‘voyeurism

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Peeping Tom (Michael Powell, 1960)

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the suture effect

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A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick

1971)

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Sisters

brian de Palma

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