Title

Black Swan/White Swan: On Female Objectification, Creatureliness, and Death Denial

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2014

Keywords

Physical Body, Social Psychology Bulletin, Mortality Salience, Black Swan, Swan Lake

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137276896_7

Abstract

At the outset of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan (2010), Natalie Portman’s character, Nina Sayers, auditions for the part of the Swan Queen in the ballet Swan Lake. The dancer who plays the lead must dance not only the part of the white swan, but her evil twin, the black swan. “If I was only casting the White Swan, she’d be yours,” Thomas Leroy, the ballet director, played by Vincent Cassel, whispers in Nina’s ear, taunting her, during her audition. “But I’m not… Now show me your Black Swan, Nina!” he commands.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Black Swan/White Swan: On Female Objectification, Creatureliness, and Death Denial, in D. Sullivan & J. Greenberg (Eds.), Death in Classic and Contemporary Film, Palgrave Macmillan, p. 105-117.

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