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Maternal horror film: melodrama and motherhood

Maternal horror film: melodrama and motherhood

Arnold, Sarah, author

'Maternal Horror Film' examines the function of the mother figure in horror film. Using psychoanalytic film theory as well as comparisons with the melodrama film, Arnold investigates the polarized images of monstrous and sacrificing mother

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
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Statement of responsibility: Sarah Arnold
ISBN: 1137014113, 9781137014115
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references, filmography and index.
Physical Description: vii, 206 pages ; 23 cm
Subject: Melodrama in motion pictures.; Mothers in motion pictures.; Performing Arts.; Horror films History and criticism.; Horror films


  1. Introduction 1. The Good Mother 2. The Bad Mother 3. A Comparative Analysis of Motherhood in Recent Japanese and US Horror Films 4. Pregnancy in the Horror Film Conclusion


"Arnold draws upon a wide scope of theoretical writing in psychoanalysis and film studies to explore the parallels between the mother's position in horror and melodrama, while also investigating the differences between Western and Japanese psychological analyses of the mother-child bond through a series of close readings of 'transnational' films. The book will make a vital contribution to both women's and film studies." - Lucy Fischer, University of Pittsburgh, USA