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Gossip, Letters, PhonesThe Scandal of Female Networks in Film and Literature$
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Ned Schantz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335910.001.0001

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Time Stalkers

Time Stalkers

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(p.120) CHAPTER 6 Time Stalkers
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Gossip, Letters, Phones
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Ned Schantz (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335910.003.0008

This chapter identifies the isolating effects of stalkers on female figures, emphasizing the temporal isolation accomplished through the control of storage media such as tape recorders and answering machines that would otherwise connect the heroines to a vital past of female networks. Following the stalker through two pairs of films: The Terminator and Klute, then Blade Runner and Vertigo, it becomes clear that this abuse of the past constitutes criminal necrophilia. This necrophilia will nonetheless be relentlessly projected back onto the heroines, whose female networks will be figured in various ways as morbid simulation. At stake is always the cultural verdict on the modern city, a city seen as fraught with female independence and male shame.

Keywords:   stalking, shame, necrophilia, the city, tape recorders, answering machines, The Terminator, Klute, Blade Runner, Vertigo

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