Monstruous Mothers and Dead Girls in Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects and Gone Girl
Keywords:Gillian Flynn, monstrosity, motherhood, female criminality, trauma, Gone Girl, Sharp Objects
This article explores two predominant images of Gillian Flynn’s female characters: the monstrous mother and the missing/dead girl. These two representations of Flynn’s female characters showcase the link between female criminality and transgression on the one hand, and the female characters’ traumatic history and family dysfunctionality on the other. This article argues that Flynn’s use of these two tropes reveals the conflicting facets of female crime, victimhood, and agency in her thrillers, and by so doing her work subverts the murky domain of the portrayal of criminal women in relation to motherhood, mental illness and trauma.
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