The representation of the prostitute in contemporary German and English language film
Sterba, Wendy E.
Doctor of Philosophy
The fascination with the image of the prostitute in contemporary German and English language film betrays certain ideological underpinnings of our Western, patriarchally structured culture and political system. By analyzing the contemporary filmic representation of the prostitute, it can be demonstrated that woman's place in society has become more visible and vocal. While objectified images of women still dominate in the films of English and German speaking countries, the depth and identificational quality of these characters has greatly improved, suggesting that the inequities of a patriarchal society are slowly being recognized and rectified.
Cinema; Germanic literature; Women's studies