"By reinstating the repressed mother and "femme castratice in classic Freudian theory, and by extending Julia Kristeva's discussion of horror and abjection to fresh critical objects, Barbara Creed accessibly and convincingly demonstrates the relevance and productivity of psychoanalytic theory for cultural analysis."
-Annette Kuhn, University of Glasgow
"A substantial contribution to knowledge of the horror film . . . the first study to concentrate specifically on the monstrous-feminine."
-E. Ann Kaplan
"Witty, succinct, a pleasure to read. The critique of Freudian theory comprises a total re-conceptualization of the status of the feminine within psychoanalytic debate."
About the Author
Barbara Creed is an associate professor of cinema studies in the school of fine arts at the University of Melbourne. A well-known film critic and media commentator, she has been the Age
film reviewer for three years and an ABC film critic for the past decade. She is the author of The Monstrous-Feminine
and the coeditor of both Body Trade
and Don't Shoot Darling!
Her work has been widely published in international journals such as Camera Obscura, New Formations,