JUMP CUT
A REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY MEDIA

Bringing out Baby Jane: camp, sympathy, and the horror-woman’s film of the 1960s

 

David Greven

David Greven is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. Greven specializes in both nineteenth-century American literature and Hollywood film. His book Representations of Femininity in American Genre Cinema: The Woman’s Film, Film Noir, and Modern Horror (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) has recently been published in a paperback edition. His other books include the forthcoming Gender Protest and Same-Sex Desire in Antebellum American Literature (Ashgate, 2014), Psycho-Sexual: Male Desire in Hitchcock, De Palma, Scorsese, and Friedkin (The University of Texas Press, 2013), The Fragility of Manhood: Hawthorne, Freud, and the Politics of Gender (The Ohio State University Press, 2012), and Manhood in Hollywood from Bush to Bush (The University of Texas Press, 2009). His latest book project, Ghost Faces: Hollywood and Post-Millennial Masculinity, is under publisher’s review, and his essay “Intimate Violence: Marnie and Queer Resilience” appears in The Hitchcock Annual 18, 2013. He is on the editorial boards of Cinema Journal, Genders, and Poe Studies.