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RSS FeedsFrom Clytemnestra to Villanelle: why are we fascinated by women who kill?
(The Guardian Culture News)


20 july 2019 19:40:08

From Clytemnestra to Villanelle: why are we fascinated by women who kill?
(The Guardian Culture News)

In both pop culture and reality, women killers both seduce and repel us. The writer behind The Archers´ gaslighting storyline explores our enduring obsessionAbout 2,500 years ago, an audience took their places at a theatre in Athens for the premiere of a new murder drama. The protagonist, a returning war hero, was savagely stabbed to death, naked in his bath. The crime was thought particularly heinous as the killer was the victim´s wife, Clytemnestra. Her name has become notorious for a uniquely feminine sort of villainy, and the story of the murder of her husband, Agamemnon, seen in Aeschylus´s play of the same title in 458BC, has become an archetypal domestic murder plot.Even though female murderers are much rarer than male murderers in reality, the image of the female killer continues to fascinate. Killing Eve is just the latest example of popular culture´s preoccupation with attractive young women who conceal a dark psychopathy: Villanelle is the embodiment of the classic female killer, who both seduces and repels. Continue reading...
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