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Gendered viewing strategies: A critique of holocaust-related films that eroticize, monsterize and fetishize the female body

Gendered viewing strategies: A critique of holocaust-related films that eroticize, monsterize and fetishize the female body

Banwell, Stacy ORCID: 0000-0001-7395-2617 and Fiddler, Michael ORCID: 0000-0002-0695-6770 (2017) Gendered viewing strategies: A critique of holocaust-related films that eroticize, monsterize and fetishize the female body. Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History. pp. 1-22. ISSN 1750-4902 (Print), 2048-4887 (Online) (doi:10.1080/17504902.2017.1383021)

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Abstract

This piece unpacks how Holocaust-related films - ranging from Nazisploitation cinema (Love Camp 7, 1968, Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS, 1975) through to ‘art house’ (The Night Porter, 1974) and mainstream representations (Schindler’s List, 1994) - eroticize Nazi atrocities and violence against women. Following on from Caldwell’s analysis of gender “realness” we argue that there has been a tendency for such films to present masculinity as the dominant power-simulacra. Using Schweickart’s (1986) androcentric reading strategy and Mulvey’s (1992) scopophilic male gaze, we ask whether gender hierarchies and inequalities are reproduced in these cinematic representations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Eroticization of fascism, S/M, Male gaze, Female-as-object, Simulacra gender code
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Law
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Law & Criminology Research Group
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17537

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