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Heroines of Comic Books and Literature : Portrayals in Popular Culture

Author: Maja Bajac-Carter; Norma Jones; Bob Batchelor
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This edited collection offers a variety of perspectives focusing on representation of women as heroines across printed media. In addition, the book extends the discussion of heroines for the broader audience, which provides a much needed, more nuanced discussion of this topic across American popular culture. Contributors go beyond the expected account of women as mothers, wives, warriors, goddesses, and damsels in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Heroines of Comic Books and Literature
(DLC) 2013040490
(OCoLC)860825752
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Maja Bajac-Carter; Norma Jones; Bob Batchelor
ISBN: 9781442231481 1442231483
OCLC Number: 874029577
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. I Literature --
1. To Heck with the Village: Fantastic Heroines, Journey and Return / Sandra J. Lindow --
2. From Duckling to Swan: What Makes a Twilight Heroine Strong / Tricia Clasen --
3. Salem's Daughters: Witchcraft, Justice, and the Heroine in Popular Culture / Lauren Lemley --
4. Heroine: Christina of Markyate / K. A. Laity --
5. The Bohemian Gypsy, Another Body to Sell: Deciphering Esmeralda in Popular Culture / Adina Schneeweis --
6. Writing Women in War: Speaking through, about, and for Female Soldiers in Iraq / Christina M. Smith --
pt. II Exotic, Foreign, Familiar, and Queer --
7. The Borderland Construction of Latin American and Latina Heroines in Contemporary Visual Media / Mauricio Espinoza --
8. Janissary: An Orientalist Heroine or a Role Model for Muslim Women? / Hande Eslen-Ziya --
9. Representations of Motherhood in X-Men / Christopher Paul Wagenheim --
10. Negotiating Life Spaces: How Marriage Marginalized Storm / Anita McDaniel --
11. The Mother of All Superheroes: Idealizations of Femininity in Wonder Woman / Caryn E. Neumann --
12. Wonder Woman: Lesbian or Dyke?: Paradise Island as a Woman's Community / Trina Robbins --
13. Homicidal Lesbian Terrorists to Crimson Caped Crusaders: How Folk and Mainstream Lesbian Heroes Queer Cultural Space / AprilJo Murphy --
pt. III Contemporary American Graphic Novels/Comics --
14. Punching Holes in the Sky: Carol Danvers and the Potential of Superheroinism / Nathan Miczo --
15. Jumping Rope Naked: John Byrne, Metafiction, and the Comics Code / Roy Cook --
16. Invisible, Tiny, and Distant: The Powers and Roles of Marvel's Early Female Superheroes / Joseph Darowski --
17. Heroines Aplenty, but None My Mother Would Know: Marvel's Lack of an Iconic Superheroine / T. Keith Edmunds --
18. Liminality and Capitalism in Spider-Woman and Wonder Woman: How to Make Stronger (i.e., Male) Two Super Powerful Women / Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns --
19. Empowerment as Transgression: The Rise and Fall of the Black Cat in Kevin Smith's The Evil That Men Do / Michael R. Kramer.
Responsibility: edited by Maja Bajac-Carter, Norma Jones, and Bob Batchelor.

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This edited collection offers a variety of perspectives focusing on representation of women as heroines across printed media. In addition, the book extends the discussion of heroines for the broader audience, which provides a much needed, more nuanced discussion of this topic across American popular culture. Contributors go beyond the expected account of women as mothers, wives, warriors, goddesses, and damsels in distress, to provide innovative analysis that situates heroines within culture, revealing them as tough, self-sufficient, and breaking the bounds of gender expectations in places rea.

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