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Barbara Creed is an Australian film theorist of the psychoanalytical film theory school best known for her The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis, which was influenced by the French feminism of Julia Kristeva.

Creed is a graduate of Monash University and LaTrobe University where she completed doctoral research using psychoanalysis and feminist theory to understand certain practises of horror films. Her doctoral research was published by Routledge in 1993 as The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis. In 2003 she published Media Matrix: Sexing the New Reality. Her 2005 book Phallic Panic: Film, Horror & the Primal Uncanny looks at the figures of Frankenstein, Dracula and Jack the Ripper and argues that these very male monsters are, using Freud's terms, aligned with the primal uncanny.

In 2006 Creed was elected to The Australian Academy of the Humanities.


  • The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis (London and New York: Routledge, 1993)
  • Media Matrix: Sexing the New Reality (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2003)
  • Pandora’s Box: Essays in Film Theory, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2004)
  • Phallic Panic: Film, Horror and the Primal Uncanny (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2005)

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