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Heroines of Film and Television

Portrayals in Popular Culture

Edited by Norma Jones; Maja Bajac-Carter and Bob Batchelor - Contributions by Suzy D’Enbeau; Patrice M. Buzzanell; Katie Snyder; Jennifer K. Stuller; Jeffrey A. Brown; Maura Grady; Ryan Castillo; Katie Gibson; Pedro Ponce; Cassandra Bausman; Cynthia J. Miller; Catherine Bailey Kyle; Rekha Sharma; Carol A. Savery; Robin R. Means Coleman; Lien Fan Shen; A. Bowdoin Van Riper and Carolyn Cocca

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.

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.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 266Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2
978-1-4422-3149-8 • Hardback • April 2014 • $85.00 • (£54.95)
978-1-4422-7564-5 • Paperback • August 2016 • $30.00 • (£19.95)
978-1-4422-3150-4 • eBook • April 2014 • $28.00 • (£18.95)
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 Studies at Kent State University. Her research focuses on gender, identity, and media studies. She is a contributor to We Are What We Sell: How Advertising Shapes American Life . . . and Always Has (2014).

Bob Batchelor teaches in the Media, Journalism & Film department at Miami University and is the founding editor of the Popular Culture Studies Journal. Batchelor edits the Contemporary American Literature and Cultural History of Television book series for Rowman & Littlefield. Among his books are John Updike: A Critical Biography (2013), Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), and Mad Men: A Cultural History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

I. Heroines on Television

Chapter 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. Buzzanell
Chapter 2: Burn One Down: Nancy Botwin as (Post)Feminist (Anti)Heroine, Katie Snyder
Chapter 3: Choosing Her “Fae”te: Subversive Sexuality and Lost Girl’s Re/evolutionary Female Hero, Jennifer K. Stuller

II. Heroines on Film

Chapter 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 Grady
Chapter 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 Gibson
Chapter 7: Romance, Comedy, Conspiracy: The Paranoid Heroine in Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Pedro Ponce
Chapter 8: Conflicted Hybridity: Negotiating the Warrior Princess Archetype in Willow, Cassandra Bausman
Chapter 9: The Woman Who Fell From the Sky: Cowboys and Aliens’ Hybrid Heroine, Cynthia J. Miller

III. Diversity Concerns

Chapter 10: Her Story, Too: Final Fantasy X, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and the Feminist Hero's Journey, Catherine Bailey Kyle
Chapter 11: Bollywood Marriages: Portrayals of Matrimony in Hindi Popular Cinema, Rekha Sharma and Carol A. Savery
Chapter 12: The Enduring Woman: Race, Revenge, and Self-Determination in Chloe, Love is Calling You, Robin R. Means Coleman
Chapter 13: The Dark, Twisted Magical Girls: Shōjo Heroines in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Lien Fan Shen

IV: Heroines across Media

Chapter 14: Women on the Quarterdeck: The Female Captain as Adventure Hero, 1994-2009, A. Bowdoin Van Riper
Chapter 15: The Girl Who Lived: Reading Harry Potter as a Sacrificial and Loving Heroine, Norma Jones
Chapter 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 Cocca

About the Contributors
About the Editors
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.
Journal of American Culture