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Elisenda Julibert

The Homme Fatal

Metamorphosis of masculine desire in literature and cinema

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September 2022

176 pages

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Original Title: Hombres fatales

Of the many fabulous creatures that have populated literature and film, the femme fatale is one of the most recurrent and protean of the last two centuries, although she belongs to an ancient lineage that goes back to the fickle Helen of the classics who set off the Trojan War and the biblical Eve who doomed all of humanity with her recklessness. In her analysis of literary and film characters, from Carmen to Lolita in the former case, and the Madeleine of Vertigo and Conchita of That Obscure Object of Desire, in the latter, Julibert explores the myth of the terrible femme fatale, but with a change of standpoint. What if, rather than attesting to the baleful character of certain women, the stereotype reveals a particularly sinister manifestation of male desire? Like a thriller, this book invites the reader to follow the trails of the men behind these mythical women who have been singled out by tradition, perhaps as a ploy for distracting attention and concealing the most crucial evidence.

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September 2022

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