The curse and the chora: The double-bind of the choraic conduit in Angel and Penny Dreadful

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dc.contributor.author Tembo, Kwasu D.
dc.contributor.editor Arnold, Sarah en
dc.contributor.editor O'Brien, Anne en
dc.date.accessioned 2021-01-29T09:38:41Z
dc.date.available 2021-01-29T09:38:41Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation Tembo, K. D. (2021) 'The curse and the chora: The double-bind of the choraic conduit in Angel and Penny Dreadful', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 20, pp. 104-118. doi: 10.33178/alpha.20.08 en
dc.identifier.issued 20
dc.identifier.startpage 104
dc.identifier.endpage 118
dc.identifier.issn 2009-4078
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/10997
dc.identifier.doi 10.33178/alpha.20.08
dc.description.abstract Referring to the work of Julia Kristeva, this article seeks to perform a comparative analysis between Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter), as she appears within the remit of Joss Whedon and David Greenwalts’s Angel (1999–2004), and Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) in John Logan’s Penny Dreadful (2014–2016). Taking each character as a case study, this article seeks to elucidate the precarious subject positions of central female leads in a team/ensemble horror television series in order to assess whether or not and how the portrayal and characterisation thereof has changed over two decades. To do so, this article employs a theoretical framing that examines the question of agency and power by assessing both characters as what I will call “Choraic conduits”. As such, both characters’ relation, manipulation of/by, and mediation of the supernatural as envisaged and presented in their respective diegetic worlds are analysed in themselves and comparatively against one another. Key concerns here are the questions and problems surrounding each character’s agency over her powers and the supernatural/spiritual realm(s) from which they emerge, as well as the psycho-physical and symbolic consequences of not only the possession of their respective powers, but the micro and macroscopic consequences of how they are used in their respective diegetic worlds. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Film and Screen Media, University College Cork en
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dc.rights © 2021, the Author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. en
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dc.subject Chora en
dc.subject Kristeva en
dc.subject Horror en
dc.subject Sexuality en
dc.subject Curse en
dc.subject Conduit en
dc.title The curse and the chora: The double-bind of the choraic conduit in Angel and Penny Dreadful en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Kwasu D. Tembo, Independent Scholar en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media en
dc.identifier.journalabbrev Alphaville en


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