Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2016 Natalie M. Eisen
This thesis explores the idea of the “monstrous-feminine,” or the idea that female monsters of television and film are linked to their femininity in a way that male monsters are not linked to their masculinity. Using the work of scholars such as Barbara Creed, Shelley Stamp Lindsey, and Jane M. Ussher, the thesis covers various facets of women’s lives as seen through the distorted lens of the monstrous. The character of Helena from the television show Orphan Black is used as a concrete example of the stages of the monstrous-feminine: the girl-child, menstruation and puberty, sexuality, and motherhood.
Eisen, Natalie, ""She's Not a Real Monster": Orphan Black's Helena and the Monstrous-Feminine" (2017). Scripps Senior Theses. 929.