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TITLE: “A PSYCHO, A SORCERER, A SEDUCER OR A HEROIC DEVIL?: A COMPARATIVE AND AMBIGUOUS REPRESENTATION OF MALE AND FEMALE VILLAINS IN SELECTED FILMS AND LITERATURE”

MEHNAAZ PERVIN TULI

LECTURER IN ENGLISH

DEPT. OF ENGLISH STUDIES

STATE UNIVERSITY OF BANGLADESH

E-MAIL- TULIMEHNAAZ1@GMAIL.COM

ABSTRACT

                        In this paper, there are discussions about the representation of male and female villains from some selected literature and films. These included talking about male villains with superpower and wicked male characters with great and intellectual power or brain. The paper discusses about evil female characters of various levels. This helped sorting out the differences, problems or binaries regarding representation tactics or the process of characterization. By this, it was feasible to point out normalizing male dominance regarding gender representation in films and texts. It contained discussion if male evil characters are more likable than women evil characters and if the representation is biased and contains discrimination. A typical narrative has a theme of good and evil, the hero and the villain. But in recent years through modern literature, the villains have got more recognition and have become more popular as rounded characters. Villains in today’s stories are better constructed than before and allowed more depth. This analysis brings out the aspects of both male and female stereotypical representation. The discussion also looks at how the notion of Gender Performativity, can be related with the formation of male and female evil characterization.

 

Keywords: Villain, Antagonist, Femme Fatale, Gender Performativity, Normative discourse, Psychotic.

 

journal of english

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