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Episode 42: WiHM Director Spotlight: Julia Ducournau: RAW (2016) & Titane (2021)


It’s Women in Horror Month! So, for this episode we decided to put the spotlight on the French film director Julia Ducournau. We are discussing her debut feature film Raw (2016) and her most recent release Titane (2021), which made her the second female director to ever win a Palme d’Or award. We will also be briefly discussing her short film from 2011, Junior. The themes that we will be dissecting will be body horror from the female gaze, the monstrous feminine, as well as sexuality and gender as represented in Julia’s films.


Enjoy and welcome to our dark side…

Intro/Outro Music: Robeast by Dance with the Dead

Artwork by: Jess Hrycyk

Editing work by: Jessica



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The Spinsters Library:


POWERS OF HORROR: An Essay on Abjection by Julia Kristeva


The Resurgence of the Monstrous Feminine by Hannah Williams


On Body Horror and the Monstrosity of Women by Julia Armfield

"HAIRY THUGGISH WOMEN" FEMALE WEREWOLVES, GENDER, AND THE HOPED-FOR MONSTER by Elizabeth M. Clark, B.A.


THE RISE OF THE GIRL-MONSTER PART 1: BIRTH AND BODY by SARA MCCARTNEY


THE RETURN OF THE GIRL-MONSTER – PART 2 by SARA MCCARTNEY


Raw, Thelma, and the Monstrous Feminine Coming of Age by KYLE LOGAN


Women & Horror: Female sexuality and monstrosity awakens in Julia Ducournau’s ‘Raw’ by GABRIELLE BONDI


Embrace Your Monstrous Flesh: On Women’s Bodies in Horror by Rebecca Harkins-Cross

Mechanophilia Exposed and Explained by Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D.


What Women Inherit: Pregnancy as Body Horror by Natalie Elliott

Titane — Is It Transphobic? By Mrs. Capricious


Cross Dressing and Car Fetishes: ‘Titane’ Twists Trans Tropes Into Perverse, Lifeless Body Horror by Jude Dry



NEXT MONTH’S EPISODE ANNOUNCEMENT: Spinster’s Book Club: Max Brook’s Devolution (2020) - Looking at the infamous and elusive cryptid, Bigfoot and the concept of Devolution in the face of survival.



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