MEHNAAZ PERVIN TULI
LECTURER IN ENGLISH
DEPT. OF ENGLISH STUDIES
STATE UNIVERSITY OF BANGLADESH
“A Psycho, A Sorcerer, A Seducer or a Heroic Devil?: A Comparative and Ambiguous Representation of Male and Female Villains in selected Film and Literature”
In this paper, there will be discussions about the representation of male and female villains in some selected literature and films. These will include talking about male villains with superpower and wicked male characters with great and intellectual power or brain. The paper will discuss evil female characters of various levels. This will help sort out the differences, problems or binaries regarding representation tactics or the process of characterization. By this, it will be feasible to point out normalizing male dominance regarding gender representation in films. This paper will analyze if male evil characters are more likable than women evil characters. It will also sort out 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 will also include 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.