Following from Robin Wood, Conte locates a dialectic of sublimity and destructiveness within the film's fraught hybridization of American culture. Carrie's fondness for metaphors of deviance and sexual becoming thus invokes its eponymous character's abjection as not just a gendered, but an explicitly nationalized negotiation of the politics of normalcy.
"Red, Carrie White and Blue: Viewing Carrie as Symptom of the Cultural Anxieties Experienced by Americans in the 1970s,"
Kino: The Western Undergraduate Journal of Film Studies: Vol. 5
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