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Slasher subgenre in light of Carol J. Clover’s gender theory

Ionov Alexey

Post-graduate student, the department of Cinematography and Modern Art, Russian State University for Humanities

125993, Russia, Moscow, Miusskaya Ploshad 6




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Abstract: The author of this article turns to a number of main theses of the Carol J. Clover’s book “Men, Women, and Chain Saws” (1992), as well as analyzes if in reality they represent the intrinsic genre-defining features for the examined Clover’s subgenre. The work of Clover is the first to draw attention to such disrespectable horror subgenre by the humanitarian science, which not only revolutionized the area of gender research in cinematography, and popularized the term “shlasher”, but also firmly penetrated the contemporary pop culture. In this article, Clover’s book which still has not been translated into Russian, is subjected to a critical content-analysis. The aspect and comparative analyses of the slasher subgenre movies of 1970-2010’s are being used for the purpose of verification on authenticity of the main positions of the work of this legendary theoretician. The author of the article underlines the use of the main positions of Clover’s theory by the agents of the cinematography community, and conducts an analysis with regards to them. Calling a number of Clover’s observations fair, the author however does not believe that the others (including the “final girl” concept) are necessary for determination of the slasher subgenre.

Keywords: gender, final girl, Carol Clover, slasher, horror, film studies, gender theory, cinematography, popular culture, feminism
This article written in Russian. You can find full text of article in Russian here .

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