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Reclaiming the Streets: Investigating Female Experience of Cinematic Urban Violence

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dc.contributor.author De Vido, Angelica
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-13T12:45:35Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-13T12:45:35Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation De Vido, Angelica. 2018. "Reclaiming the Streets: Investigating Female Experience of Cinematic Urban Violence." Journal of Feminist Scholarship 15 (Fall): 18-36 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 6. https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/jfs/vol15/iss15/3
dc.identifier.uri https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1130&context=jfs
dc.identifier.uri http://awdflibrary.org:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/957
dc.description.abstract The spatial ideologies and narrative tropes of gendered victimhood, which are designed to induce fear and anxiety, are routinely employed to govern and restrict female access to and experience of urban spaces—both in cinematic depictions and in the real world. This paper explores how such tropes are challenged and rewritten in three screen narratives based in urban landscapes: London in Happy-GoLucky (2008), Paris in Amélie (2001), and New York in Sex and the City (1998–2004). Contrary to the ideologies of fear that routinely dominate urban narratives, I will argue that the texts under discussion instead display the city as a space of potential female sexual, social, and spatial emancipation—most notably achieved through employing the comedic genre to express the potentially subversive power of comedy in overthrowing gender and social hierarchies. My primary focus will remain on the narrative techniques that these texts employ to rewrite what I refer to as the “fear script” and to dismantle motifs of gendered victimhood. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Feminist Scholarship en_US
dc.subject urban studies en_US
dc.subject flânerie en_US
dc.subject genre theory en_US
dc.subject Feminism en_US
dc.subject gender studies en_US
dc.subject television en_US
dc.subject film en_US
dc.subject violence en_US
dc.title Reclaiming the Streets: Investigating Female Experience of Cinematic Urban Violence en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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