Super Bitches and Action Babes: The Female Hero in Popular Cinema, 1970-2006

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McFarland & Company, 2007 - 360 halaman
With actress Pam Grier's breakthrough in Coffy and Foxy Brown, women entered action, science fiction, war, westerns and martial arts films--genres that had previously been considered the domain of male protagonists. This ground-breaking cinema, however, was--and still is--viewed with ambivalence.
While women were cast in new and exciting roles, they did not always arrive with their femininity intact, often functioning both as a sexualized spectacle and as a new female hero rather than female character. This volume contains an in-depth critical analysis and study of the female hero in popular film from 1970 to 2006. It examines five female archetypes: the dominatrix, the Amazon, the daughter, the mother and the rape-avenger. The entrance of the female hero into films written by, produced by and made for men is viewed through the lens of feminism and post-feminism arguments. Analyzed works include films with actors Michelle Yeoh and Meiko Kaji, the Alien films, the Lara Croft franchise, Charlie's Angels, and television productions such as Xena: Warrior Princess and Alias.

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This book really took me by surprise. As a person interested in women’s studies, I was concerned after reading the title that this book would paint the wrong picture of feminism. However, in the ... Baca ulasan lengkap

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Rikke Schubart is director of studies and associate professor of literature, media and cultural studies at the University of Southern Denmark.

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