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"At Last I Can Tell It to Someone!": Feminine Point of View and Subjectivity in the Gothic Romance Film of the 1940s

Diane Waldman
Cinema Journal
Vol. 23, No. 2 (Winter, 1984), pp. 29-40
DOI: 10.2307/1225123
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1225123
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

This paper focuses on the Gothic romance film of the 1940s, its place within the Gothic genre and the relationship between its textual variations and the historical situation of American women. For although the Gothic mode has always permitted the articulation of feminine fear, anger, and distrust of the patriarchal order, the films of the war and post-war period place an unusual emphasis on the affirmation of feminine perception, interpretation, and lived experience.

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