Journal Article

TRACING THE OTHER IN <i>HOUSEHOLD SAINTS</i>

Irena Makarushka

in Literature and Theology

Volume 12, issue 1, pages 82-92
Published in print March 1998 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online March 1998 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/12.1.82
TRACING THE OTHER IN HOUSEHOLD SAINTS

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In this paper I explore the religious and cultural implications of signifying woman as ‘other’ in Household Saints. Written and directed by Nancy Savoca, this film is about women in an Italian-American neighbourhood of the Bronx from the late '50s through the '70s. Household Saints reflects the conflicted attitudes toward woman who are represented as objects of worship and desire as well as sites of violence and aggression. Female and male characters are encoded with recognizable characteristic that reflect cultural assumptions about ‘good’ and ‘evil’.

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