1. “I’m Not Going to be Ignored, Dan”: Narrative Cues for Suspense and Intimidation.
2. American Genres in Fatal Attraction.
3. Career Women of the 1980s: Feminism and the Reception History of Fatal Attraction.
4. Erotic Sexuality, AIDS, and the Case for Staying Faithful.
5. Female Identities and Postfeminist Paradigms.
- Detailed breakdowns of the formal techniques the film employs to create suspense, such as turning ordinary household objects into agents of terror
- Consideration of the film’s mixed-genre status as a thriller, melodrama, horror picture, and film noir
- Explanation and analysis of the cultural storm ignited by the film, especially thanks to its treatment of single career women
- Investigations into the film’s handling of extramarital sexuality, pregnancy, birth control, and AIDS
- Discussion of the film’s lasting role in shaping American gender politics