- vii, 140 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
- Contents: Introduction -- History and herstory in the 1970s and 1980s -- "Only women bleed": filth or feminist? -- I spit on your grave and its legacy -- Notes -- Filmography -- Bibliography -- Index.Includes bibliographical references (126-136), filmography (pages 118-125) and index.Summary: "There is no denying that Meir Zarchi's I Spit On Your Grave (1978) deserves its title as one of the most controversial films ever made. While many condemn it as misogynistic, others praise it for raising uncomfortable issues about sexual violence. While its reputation as a cult film has undoubtedly been cemented by its unique position in the 1970s/80s exploitation era and the 'video nasties' scandal, it has also become mythologized by its own official and unofficial franchises. David Maguire examines why the film still continues to provoke fierce debate forty years on, investigating not just the historical, social, and political landscape into which the film was first released--and condemned--but also examining how it is has inadvertently become ground zero for the rape-revenge genre due to its countless imitators. The book explores how academic study has reevaluated the film's importance as a cultural statement on gender, the conflicting readings that it throws up, the timeless appeal of its story as examined through folklore and mythology, and its updating to reflect contemporary issues in a post-9/11 world of vengeance and retaliation"--