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Sonia Misra

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This paper explores the relationship between gender and horror, typically from the 1980’s to the current 2020’s. This research examines various areas of the horror genre in terms of its gender representation, including community reception, deconstruction of the gender binary and the myth of the vagina dentata. Multiple films will be analyzed through this work, including those of notable recognition, and others that go under many viewers’ radars. This is not about the confirmation of these gender representations as objectively “good” or “bad”, but rather about the nuanced methods that filmmakers take to present identities in new and unique perspectives. The goal of this thesis is to look into a variety of horror films and texts and determine the changes in gender representation that have occurred over the past forty years or so.



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