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“Solving Problems with Sharp Objects”: Female Empowerment, Sex, and Violence in Buffy, the Vampire Slayer

Gwyn Symonds

Gwyn Symonds received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sydney in 2007. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Aesthetics of Violence in Contemporary Media

Continuum, 2008

Book chapter

...Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, exec. prod. Joss Whedon (WB and UPN, 1997–2003).Isn’t that just like a slayer. Solving all her problems by sticking things with sharp objects.“Selfless,” 7.5. An episode from Buffy, the Vampire Slayer....
...‘I understand Hitler. I can sympathize with him a little bit.’ The ‘Nazi’ remark made by Danish director Lars von Trier at the premiere of his film Melancholia at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 is infamous, but as the website Senses...

A postmodern family romance: Antichrist

Lars von Trier’s Women

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book chapter

...This paper explores the significance of how Lars von Trier's Antichrist is framed within the context of a series of important flashbacks that detail a number of events that took place the summer before the son's death, and which provide...

Disruptive violence as means to create a space for reflection: thoughts on Tarantino’s attempts at audience irritation

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds : A Manipulation of Metacinema

Continuum, 2012

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...Introduction Quentin Tarantino’s latest violent masterpiece Inglourious Basterds has been well yet critically received. Many reviewers have pointed out that the film is morally ambivalent the least because of the aesthetics of violence...

Female fight club: Lars von Trier’s women and the paradox of Being

Lars von Trier’s Women

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book chapter

...Taken together, the women of Lars von Trier's films make up a kind of female Fight Club. But unlike their male counterparts in David Fincher's 1999 film, who resort to violence and self-beating as a response to an alienated life under...

Conclusion

Gwyn Symonds

Gwyn Symonds received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sydney in 2007. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Aesthetics of Violence in Contemporary Media

Continuum, 2008

Book chapter

...Roth is referring to his R-rated slash horror film Hostel. Quoted from Paul Byrnes, “A Shop of Horrors for All Backpackers,” Sydney Morning Herald February 23, 2006: 14.People say, my movie, it’s really violent, but you know what? It’s...

Listening to Dancer in the Dark: Singing as recalling the world

Lars von Trier’s Women

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book chapter

...Drawing upon Stanley Cavell's influential study of a series of Hollywood melodramas of the 1930s and 1940s, Contesting Tears: The Hollywood Melodramas of the Unknown Woman, this essay seeks to read von Trier's work through the lens...

Epilogue

Gwyn Symonds

Gwyn Symonds received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sydney in 2007. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Aesthetics of Violence in Contemporary Media

Continuum, 2008

Book chapter

...I was sitting with five teenage female students in a high school reading-group watching the 1970s film version of Jane Eyre, as an illustration of the novel I am reading to them. We have been alternating bits of the film (and the BBC...

How to face nothing: Melancholia and the feminine

Lars von Trier’s Women

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book chapter

...Lars von Trier proclaims that his 2012 film, Melancholia, concludes with the “happiest ending he's ever made,” and Slavoj Žižek declares Melancholia a “profoundly optimistic” film. In the light of these remarks, it might surprise those...

Lars von Trier’s fantasy of femininity in Nymphomaniac

Hilary Neroni

Hilary Neroni is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Vermont, USA. She is the author of The Subject of Torture (2015) and The Violent Woman (2005), and has also published numerous essays on female directors. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Lars von Trier’s Women

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book chapter

...In von Trier's Nymphomaniac, the social restrictions that Women experiences generate femininity while at the same time condemning any expression or exploration of the feminine. By presenting femininity in this way, von Trier uncovers...