Final Girl by Daphne Gottlieb

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Final Girl — the last girl left alive in the syntax of the "slasher"— traces the history of the femme fatale in a sequence of poems and stories that display the verve and wit readers have come to expect from Gottlieb. In Final Girl Gottlieb is the survivor, the one who remains to tell the story: what was done to others, what was done to her, what might yet be done to her.
Sexy and tart, dark and comic, low-down and high-hearted poems such as Suture, Slash, Vamp, Bride of Reanimator and The Babysitter Gottlieb identifies and articulates the desires, fears, traumas, both personal and social, out of which pop culture is made…and then she feeds pop culture back to itself.
Though the slasher flick is central, Gottlieb finds resonances in sources as disparate as the early American captivity narrative, queer and feminist film theory, and her own mother’s death from breast cancer. Through such iconic American figures as Mary Rowlandson, Marilyn Monroe and Patty Hearst, Gottlieb delineates the ways in which we’re betrayed by our cultural fantasies about abduction, gender, literature, pleasure, and transgression—and, in so doing, synthesizes the death and life of the American female.

About Daphne Gottlieb

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San Francisco-based poet and performer Daphne Gottlieb has been widely published in journals and anthologies including Nerve, Exquisite Corpse, and the forthcoming Short Fuse: A Contemporary Anthology of Global Performance Poetry. Diane DiMassa is best known as the creator of the controversial and widely popular comic-zine Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist. She is also the illustrator of a number of books, including Kathy Acker's Pussycat Fever (1995), Kate Bornstein's My Gender Workbook (1998), and Anne Fausto-Sterling's Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality (2000). DiMassa's illustrations and artwork have been featured in group and solo shows across North America. DiMassa is also regularly invited to give guest lectures at colleges and art institutes across North America.
Published September 22, 2003 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 109 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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