Evincing the Interior: Violent Femininity in The Reader

  • Janice Loreck


This book has examined several different themes concerning the violent woman in contemporary film: hysteria in Antichrist (Lars von Trier, 2009), female monstrosity in Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis, 2001), sexuality in Baise-moi (Coralie Thinh Thi and Virginie Despentes, 2000), same-sex desire in Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 1994) and the biographical woman in Monster (Patty Jenkins, 2003). This final chapter attends to the question of women’s agency and culpability in The Reader (Stephen Daldry, 2008), a character-driven drama that concerns the actions of a former Schutzstaffel guard named Hanna Schmitz (Kate Winslet). Distributed by major independent studio The Weinstein Company, the film is an adaptation of Bernhard Schlink’s bestselling novel about a German man, Michael Berg (played in the film by David Kross and Ralph Fiennes), who struggles with the realisation that his former lover participated in atrocities committed during the Third Reich.


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© Janice Loreck 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Janice Loreck
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  1. 1.Monash UniversityAustralia

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