Heroines Of Film And Television: Portrayals In Popular Culture by Norma JonesHeroines Of Film And Television: Portrayals In Popular Culture by Norma Jones

Heroines Of Film And Television: Portrayals In Popular Culture

EditorNorma Jones, Maja Bajac-carter, Bob Batchelor

Paperback | August 4, 2016

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As portrayals of heroic women gain ground in film, television, and other media, their depictions are breaking free of females as versions of male heroes or simple stereotypes of acutely weak or overly strong women. Although heroines continue to represent the traditional roles of mothers, goddesses, warriors, whores, witches, and priestesses, these women are no longer just damsels in distress or violent warriors.In Heroines of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular Culture, award-winning authors from a variety of disciplines examine the changing roles of heroic women across time. In this volume, editors Norma Jones, Maja Bajac-Carter, and Bob Batchelor have assembled a collection of essays that broaden our understanding of how heroines are portrayed across media, offering readers new ways to understand, perceive, and think about women. Contributors bring fresh readings to popular films and television shows such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Kill Bill, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Weeds, Mad Men, and Star Trek.The representations and interpretations of these heroines are important reflections of popular culture that simultaneously empower and constrain real life women. These essays help readers gain a more complete understanding of female heroes, especially as related to race, gender, power, and culture. A companion volume to Heroines of Comic Books and Literature, this collection will appeal to academics and broader audiences that are interested in women in popular culture.
Norma Jones has a PhD in communication and information from Kent State University. She is an editor of Rowman & Littlefield's Sports Icons and Issues in Popular Culture book series and is coeditor of Aging Heroes: Growing Old in Popular Culture (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). Maja Bajac-Carter is a doctoral candidate in Communication ...
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Title:Heroines Of Film And Television: Portrayals In Popular CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:266 pages, 8.96 × 5.94 × 0.76 inPublished:August 4, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction I. Heroines on TelevisionChapter 1: The Erotic Heroine and the politics of gender at work: A feminist reading of Mad Men's Joan Harris, Suzy D'Enbeau and Patrice M. BuzzanellChapter 2: Burn One Down: Nancy Botwin as (Post)Feminist (Anti)Heroine, Katie SnyderChapter 3: Choosing Her "Fae"te: Subversive Sexuality and Lost Girl's Re/evolutionary Female Hero, Jennifer K. StullerII. Heroines on FilmChapter 4: Torture, Rape, Action Heroines and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Jeffrey A. Brown Chapter 5: The Maternal Hero in Tarantino's Kill Bill, Maura GradyChapter 6: We've Seen this Deadly Web Before: Repackaging Femme Fatale & Representing Superhero(in)e as Neo-noir 'Black Widow' in Sin City, Ryan Castillo and Katie GibsonChapter 7: Romance, Comedy, Conspiracy: The Paranoid Heroine in Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Pedro PonceChapter 8: Conflicted Hybridity: Negotiating the Warrior Princess Archetype in Willow, Cassandra BausmanChapter 9: The Woman Who Fell From the Sky: Cowboys and Aliens' Hybrid Heroine, Cynthia J. MillerIII. Diversity ConcernsChapter 10: Her Story, Too: Final Fantasy X, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and the Feminist Hero's Journey, Catherine Bailey KyleChapter 11: Bollywood Marriages: Portrayals of Matrimony in Hindi Popular Cinema, Rekha Sharma and Carol A. SaveryChapter 12: The Enduring Woman: Race, Revenge, and Self-Determination in Chloe, Love is Calling You, Robin R. Means ColemanChapter 13: The Dark, Twisted Magical Girls: Shojo Heroines in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Lien Fan ShenIV: Heroines across MediaChapter 14: Women on the Quarterdeck: The Female Captain as Adventure Hero, 1994-2009, A. Bowdoin Van RiperChapter 15: The Girl Who Lived: Reading Harry Potter as a Sacrificial and Loving Heroine, Norma JonesChapter 16: "It's About Power and It's About Women": Gender and the Political Economy of Superheroes in Wonder Woman and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Carolyn CoccaIndex About the ContributorsAbout the Editors

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The diversity of authorial voices, including men and women, creates an exciting compilation of articles that challenge and redefine the definition of heroine. . . .Overall, this is a great collection of essays that should please anyone with an interest in feminism and media.