"Fatal Attraction" (Wiley-Blackwell Series in Film and Television)

"Fatal Attraction" (Wiley-Blackwell Series in Film and Television)

By: Suzanne Leonard (author)Hardback

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Since its famed introduction of the "boiled bunny," Fatal Attraction (1987) established itself as one of American cinema's most controversial films. This insightful new book surveys the film's formal features and its ideological impact, paying special attention to the film's signature mix of sexuality, fear, and family values.* Features detailed breakdowns of the formal techniques the film employs to create suspense, such as turning ordinary household objects into agents of terror* Considers the film's mixed-genre status as a thriller, melodrama, horror picture, and film noir* Offers an explanation and analysis of the cultural storm ignited by the film, especially due to its treatment of single career women* Investigates the film's handling of extramarital sexuality, pregnancy, birth control, and AIDS* Discusses the film's lasting role in shaping American gender politics

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Suzanne Leonard is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Simmons College.


List of Illustrations. Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. "I'm Not Going to be Ignored , Dan": Narrative Cues for Suspense and Intimidation. 2. American Genres in Fatal Attraction . 3. Career Women of the 1980s: Feminism and the Reception History of Fatal Attraction . 4. Erotic Sexuality, AIDS, and the Case for Staying Faithful. 5. Female Identities and Postfeminist Paradigms. Notes. Works Cited. Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 09/04/2009
  • ISBN13: 9781405173766
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 152
  • ID: 9781405173766
  • weight: 320
  • ISBN10: 1405173769

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