Maternal Revenge and Redemption in Postfeminist Rape-Revenge Cinema

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Recent rape-revenge films such as Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 (Quentin Tarantino, 2003/ 2004) and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Park Chan-Wook, 2005) display a post-feminist emphasis on maternity, which impacts the nature of their revenge narratives. In these contemporary variations on the 1970s exploitation genre, revenge is never just revenge for rape – the heroine’s construction as ‘mother’ adds an additional layer to raise the stakes and justify her acts of vengeance. At the same time, her return to motherhood requires a transformative journey of redemption, which results in an ambivalence towards revenge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBest Served Cold: Studies on Revenge
EditorsSheila C. Bibb, Daniel Escandell
Place of PublicationOxford, United Kingdom
ISBN (Print)978-1-84888-043-6
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProbing the Boundaries
PublisherInter-Disciplinary Press


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