112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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The Resurgence of the Gothic as Mode: Autonomy, Abjection and Female Gendering in DeVito's Matilda

Alyssa Clark, San Diego State University

Adapted from the Dahl classic, Danny DeVito's film Matilda embraces the Gothic mode to critique American conceptions of gender. Matilda's exploration of inverted social norms, reclaimed gothic environments and satirical portrayal of American society culminate in an enlightening critique of the dangers of American gender oppression through an analysis of Agatha Trunchbull's characterization.