Re-visiting Female Evil

Power, Purity and Desire


Reflecting current trends in scholarly analysis of evil and the feminine, the chapters contained in Re-visiting Female Evil focus upon various ‘re-interpretations’ of evil femininities as a cultural signifier of agency, transgression and crisis, re-interpreting them through rewriting of ‘other’ stories, hermeneutic re-interpretations of ancient/classical texts, and revised film/ stage adaptations. These papers illustrate how gendered cultural myths of women’s intrinsic connection to evil still persist in today’s patriarchal society, though in variant and updated forms. Mischievous, beguiling, seductive, lascivious, unruly, carping, vengeful and manipulative – from the Disney princess to the murderous Medea, these authors grapple with our understanding of what it is to be and do ‘evil’, exploring the possible sources of the fear and hatred of women and the feminine as well as their continual fascination and appeal, and how these manifest in a range of 'real life' and fictional narratives that cross times, cultures and media.

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Melissa Dearey is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Hull. She teaches, researches and has published on a wide variety of topics on evil. Her other interests include dance, environmental and corporate/state crime. Her most recent volume is Making Sense of Evil: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Roger Davis (Ph.D., University of Calgary) teaches English in the School of Arts & Sciences at Red Deer College, Canada. His teaching and research interests include poetry and poetics, cannibals and zombies, and academic integrity and essay writing.

Susana Nicolás is a lecturer and tutor for postgraduate programmes in the English Department at the University of Almeria (Spain). She holds a PhD in English literature and in her current role, she teaches undergraduate and masters courses in British theatre and pedagogy.
Those interested in feminist theory in literature and film, evil in mythology, evil femininities, hermeneutic re-interpretations of ancient/classical texts, patriarchal society, etc.
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