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Title:
The woman fantastic in contemporary American media culture / edited by Elyce Rae Helford, Shiloh Carroll, Sarah Gray, and Michael R. Howard II.
Published:
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2016]
Description:
vii, 217 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
"Although the last three decades have offered a growing, changing body of scholarship on images of fantastic women in popular culture, these studies either tend to focus on one particular variety of fantastic female (the action or sci-fi heroine), or on her role in a specific genre (villain, hero, temptress). This edited collection strives to define the "Woman Fantastic" more fully, in a range of media. The Woman Fantastic may appear in speculative or realist settings, but her presence is always recognizable. Her gendered textual and cultural construction seems entirely fantastic. Neither second- or third-wave role model nor "positive" image to counteract something perceived as "negative," she instead embodies an artificial construction of womanhood that "does" gender in ways that reflect back to us what we mean when we talk about gender. The concept of the "Woman Fantastic" signals this volume's focus on textual constructions that foreground artificiality--through futuristic contexts, fantasy worlds, alternate histories, or the display of super powers that challenge the laws of physics, chemistry, and/or biology. 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' Sansa and even Elaine Barrish Hammond of USA's Political Animals"--
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other Authors:
Carroll, Shiloh, 1980- editor.

Gray, Sarah, 1977- editor.

Helford, Elyce Rae, 1962- editor.

Howard, Michael R., 1972- editor.
ISBN:
1496808711 hardcover

9781496808714 hardcover

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Although the last three decades have offered a growing body of scholarship on images of fantastic women in popular culture, these studies either tend to focus on one particular variety of fantastic female (the action or sci-fi heroine), or on her role in a specific genre (villain, hero, temptress). This edited collection strives to define the "Woman Fantastic" more fully. The Woman Fantastic may appear in speculative or realist settings, but her presence is always recognizable. Through futuristic contexts, fantasy worlds, alternate histories, or the display of superpowers, these insuperable women challenge the laws of physics, chemistry, and/or biology.

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 Galactica'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.


Author Notes

Elyce Rae Helford, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA is professor of English and faculty in women's and gender studies at Middle Tennessee State University.

Shiloh Carroll, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA is instructor in the writing center at Middle Tennessee State University. Along with Sarah Gray and Michael R. Howard II, she organized the conference ""Catwoman to Katniss: Villainesses and Heroines in Science Fiction.""

Sarah Gray, Nashville, Tennessee, USA is a graduate student in English at Middle Tennessee State University. Along with Shiloh Carroll and Michael R. Howard II, she organized the conference ""Catwoman to Katniss: Villainesses and Heroines in Science Fiction.""

Michael R. Howard II, Edmond, Oklahoma, USA is a graduate student in English at Middle Tennessee State University. He is also assistant professor and Writing Center Director at Langston College. Along with Shiloh Carroll and Sarah Gray, he organized the conference ""Catwoman to Katniss: Villainesses and Heroines in Science Fiction.