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Spinsters, Widows and Chars: The Ageing Woman in British Film

Claire Mortimer


Overlooked yet reassuringly familiar, the ageing woman has been central to the narrative landscape of British cinema. Historicising and contextualising enduring archetypes, this book establishes a taxonomy of female ageing in British cinema from the 1930s to the present day, encompassing bluestockings, battleaxes, witches, widow-women, duchesses, matriarchs and spinsters. These archetypes draw on well-established mythologies regarding ageing femininity. The prevalence of various iterations of female ageing is essential in understanding the nature of British cinema and how it developed to defin ... More

Keywords: Ageing, British cinema, Female ageing, British film stars, Ageing woman, Ageing femininity, Second World War, Welfare state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781474452823
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474452823.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire Mortimer, author
Colchester Sixth Form