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COMM4856/6856: Women & Film

This guide is for students interested in the subject of women and film.

Millennium Trilogy & Lisbeth Salander

Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy is comprised of the novels The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.  (These books are available at Memphis Public Library.)  The Swedish title of the first book in the series is Men Who Hate Women, indicating an important theme in the trilogy.  The Swedish film adaptation of the series has been an international success, and the

The story and the main character Lisbeth Salander are interpreted by some as embodying a feminist ethos.  Others disagree.  What do you think? 



Beasts of the Southern Wild - 2012

The breathtaking and unusual Beasts of the Southern Wild boasts a unique, nuanced, fierce female protagonist of color. While the film focuses on Hushpuppy’s relationship to her father Wink, her relationship to her absent mother is equally important as we see in her wearing her jersey and searching for her. She also has conversations with her teacher Miss Bathsheeba. We often see boys and men in films that showcase a hero’s journey or transformation. But here we see a journey with a strong-willed, opinionated girl.