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New Blood in Contemporary Cinema: Women Directors and the Poetics of Horror

Patricia Pisters


Since the new millennium, a growing number of female filmmakers have appropriated horror aesthetics for their films. In this book Patricia Pisters investigates contemporary women directors such as Ngozi Onwurah, Claire Denis, Lucile Hadžihalilović and Ana Lily Amirpour, who put ‘a poetics of horror’ to new use in their work. In this way they expand the range of perspectives relating to gendered as well as racialized themes of the horror genre. Exploring such themes as rage, trauma, sexuality, family ties and politics New Blood in Contemporary Cinema takes avenging women, bloody vampires, lustf ... More

Keywords: Horror, embodiment, affect, violence, female sexuality, relationality, feminist waves, Virginia Woolf, Octavia Butler, women directors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474466950
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474466950.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patricia Pisters, author
University of Amsterdam