Lesbians, nymphomaniacs, and enema specialists: nurses, horror, and agency

Harmes, Marcus K. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5104-1967 and Harmes, Meredith A. and Harmes, Barbara ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5599-4204 (2021) Lesbians, nymphomaniacs, and enema specialists: nurses, horror, and agency. In: The Nurse in Popular Media: Critical Essays. McFarland & Company, Inc., Jefferson, United States, pp. 200-213. ISBN 978-1-4766-8418-5


Nursing is the healing profession, established by Florence Nightingale on high-minded principles, to comfort and treat the sick. Films of her life and career, especially in the wards at Scutari, made in 1915, 1936 and 1951 showed her as this source of comfort (see Richard Bates’s chapter in this collection). Similarly, hospitals are (or should be) places of safety and healing. What therefore are the messages to taken from those media texts, primarily films, which situate menace not only among the ranks of the nursing profession but in the putatively safe spaces of hospitals? Pursuing these points, and focusing on the unsettling juxtaposition of the horrific and the healing, this chapter examines instances of horror where nurses, nursing and places of healing become sites of horror. It takes examples from English-language film and television productions extending from the 1970s to the present.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2021 01:51
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2022 00:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: horror cinema; exploitation films; nursing;
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190204 Film and Television
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210305 British History
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430304 British history
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3605 Screen and digital media > 360501 Cinema studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/45469

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