In chapters devoted to certain television programs, adult and young adult literature, and comics, contributors discuss feminist negotiation of today's economic and social realities. Senior scholars and rising academic stars offer compelling analyses of fantastic women from Wonder Woman and She-Hulk to Talia Al Ghul and Martha Washington; from Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville series to Cinda Williams Chima's The Seven Realms series; and from Battlestar Gallactica's female Starbuck to Game of Thrones's Sansa and even Elaine Barrish Hammond of USA's Political Animals. This volume furnishes an important contribution to ongoing discussions of gender and feminism in popular culture.
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 503 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
"As recent internet debates and debacles (e.g. the hijacking of the Hugo Awards) have shown, feminism has had to re-fight old wars in new media battlefields, such as comics, games, and the poisoned pixels of internet discourse. Elyce Rae Helford, Shiloh Carroll, Sarah Gray, and Michael R. Howard II have assembled a set of fascinating readings on what they call the 'women fantastic, ' which includes fantastic women like Buffy and Wonder Woman but also the entire field of the fantastic as a discourse in dialogue with gender. The articles gathered here touch on topics ranging from corporate media empires to fan resistance, and from body modification to virtual identities."
--Brian Attebery, editor of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts and author of Stories about Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth and Decoding Gender in Science Fiction
"A lively and engaging collection that explores the meaning of strong female figures in popular culture. From She-Hulk to Sansa Stark, this book analyzes the images, plots, and cultural significance of characters we love. You will see the female fantastic in a new way after reading this book."
--Robin Roberts, author of books on gender and popular culture, including Anne McCaffrey: A Life with Dragons, Ladies First: Women in Music Videos, and Subversive Spirits: The Female Ghost in British and American Popular Culture
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