My current long-term project is “Man-Eater: Cannibal Women in Contemporary Visual Culture”, and explores the female cannibal in a range of media, including films, music videos, video games and comics. There are a lot more examples than you would think – there were three released close together in early 2017, which I wrote about for The Atlantic.
I’m interested in what the act of eating means, what it says about desire, appetite, and social expectations and stereotypes. Cannibalism points to the question: what is hunger? And, what does it mean to be human?
I’ve been researching and writing about representations of women for more than a decade, and there is something really interesting here.
A book focusing on the cannibal woman in film is forthcoming – more soon!