The “Final Girl” and Spectatorship (Carol Clover)

The “Final Girl” is a theme of horror films in which there is a single female protagonist left at the end who tells the story. The most well known examples of this genre are Halloween, Friday the 13th, Eyes of a Stranger, The Shining, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. The term was coined by Carol J. Clover …

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Nadezhda Durova

Nadezhda Andreyevna Durova (also known as Alexander Andreyevich Alexandrov) became a celebrated Russian soldier during the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) by disguising herself as a man, and she later published a famous memoir chronicling her experiences. Born September 17, 1783, Nadezhda had somewhat of a troubled childhood. While she was close to her father, a major …

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Intersectionality and White Privilege

While sometimes considered a difficult topic to discuss, the presence of white privilege in modern America and the subsequent inequalities faced by those who do not experience it cannot be ignored. White privilege refers to the societal benefits enjoyed by white people because of their race, which others under the same political, social, or economic …

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Laura Mulvey and Social Construction of Gaze in Narrative cinema

Laura Mulvey is a British film feminist. She was born in Oxford, United Kingdom on August 15, 1941.  She is best known for her essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.” In writing this essay, she brought forth the theory of the male gaze in films. In film, the male gaze occurs when the camera focuses …

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Princess Olga (Olha) of Kyiv

Princess Olga (also known as “Olha” – Ukrainian, “Ольга”) is a revered historical and legendary figure among Eastern Slavs. Much about her exact history is debatable and unknown, due to the imprecisions of the Primary Chronicle, the source from which most of Princess Olga’s history is derived. The medieval Slavic matriarch was born in 890, …

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Second Wave of Feminism – Kate Millett

            The second-wave of feminism was a period of feminist activity that first began in the early 1960s which broadened the debate of first wave feminism to a wide range of issues. The first wave of feminism focused on women’s suffrage and other legal obstacles, the second wave created a much broader range than that. …

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First Wave of Feminism- Ida B. Wells & Alice Paul

The first wave of feminism was a period (the first major period) of feminist thought and activism in the 19th century to the early 20th century, the primary goal of this first wave was gaining legal rights, specifically on woman’s suffrage. Two of the leading suffragists who were a part of this movement were Ida …

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