The Femme Fatale: Images, Histories, Contexts

  • Helen Hanson
  • Catherine O’Rawe

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: ‘Cherchez la femme’

    1. Helen Hanson, Catherine O’Rawe
      Pages 1-8
  3. Ecoutez la Femme: Hear/Here Difference

    1. Griselda Pollock
      Pages 9-32
  4. Literary and Visual Archetypes

  5. Film Stars

  6. Femmes Fatales in European and World Cinemas

  7. Hollywood

About this book


These essays trace the femme fatale across literature, visual culture and cinema, exploring the ways in which fatal femininity has been imagined in different cultural contexts and historical epochs, and moving from mythical women such as Eve, Medusa and the Sirens via historical figures such as Mata Hari to fatal women in contemporary cinema.


cinema culture film gender Hollywood Visual Culture women world cinema

Editors and affiliations

  • Helen Hanson
    • 1
  • Catherine O’Rawe
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of ExeterUK
  2. 2.University of BristolUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2010
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Media & Culture Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-30144-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-28201-8
  • About this book