Cultural Constructions of the Femme Fatale

From Pandora’s Box to Amanda Knox

  • Stevie Simkin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 200-233

About this book


The figure of the beautiful but lethal woman has haunted the Western imagination from ancient myth to contemporary film. Looking at news media, cinema, drama and other cultural forms, this study considers the interaction between representations of 'real life' 'femmes fatales' and their fictional counterparts.


Femme Fatale Amanda Knox Violence Gender Crime Trial Ruth Snyder Film Noir Earl Modern Tragedy cinema film media

Authors and affiliations

  • Stevie Simkin
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  1. 1.University of WinchesterUK

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