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Issues of Gender in the Horror Genre, Part 1

Volume 18, Issues 6-7 / June–July 2014

This special double issue of Offscreen, which will be followed by an additional single issue also focusing on gender within the horror genre, looks closely at the gender representations, confusions, and patterns within horror films. Subverting assumptions around gender roles believed to be assigned to women in both horror films and horror spectatorship, the collective authors in this double issue (and upcoming single issue) have identified places in which female characters and spectators alike have found empowerment within the genre. Furthermore, as well as specifically speaking to roles for women, the essays touch on the ways horror can be a tool to explore the fluidity of gender and sexuality.

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