Athena's Daughters: Television's New Women Warriors

Athena's Daughters: Television's New Women Warriors

by Frances H. Early
     
 

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This book is unique in its critical inquiry into the new woman warrior's appropriation of violence and the Western war narrative. Informed by feminist theoretical debates regarding women's new roles, the authors delve into the meaning of that appropriation for alternative storytelling. To date, television's "ferocious few" have received little scholarly attention. By… See more details below

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This book is unique in its critical inquiry into the new woman warrior's appropriation of violence and the Western war narrative. Informed by feminist theoretical debates regarding women's new roles, the authors delve into the meaning of that appropriation for alternative storytelling. To date, television's "ferocious few" have received little scholarly attention. By inviting a variety of perspectives, editors Frances Early and Kathleen Kennedy provide a cutting-edge forum to recognize women's increasing role in popular culture as they are cast as action heroes. As a timely and accessible work, this book will appeal to scholars, feminists, cultural critics, and the general reader.

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"The contributors to this collection offer interdisciplinary perspectives and analyses of women warriors in popular culture. Holding the individual essays together is the author's common interest in exploring the implications, especially for alternative feminist storytelling, of the new woman warrior's appropriation of the male warrior's exclusive claim to heroism."
Sherrie Inness
"An important new addition to the fields of media studies and popular culture studies."
Tough Girls: Women Warriors and Wonder Women in Popular Culture
Library Journal - Library Journal
In recent shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xena: Warrior Princess, Star Trek Voyager, and La Femme Nikita, we have seen capable and proactive female characters rise up and dominate. This work, a critical study of those shows and their female lead characters, examines just what makes the woman warrior different from her male counterpart. Both historians, editors Early (Mount St. Vincent Univ., Nova Scotia) and Kennedy (Western Washington Univ.) have gathered penetrating essays on these shows from a range of women commentators, whose subjects range from feminism and TV series violence to how popular culture treats women. Separating itself from episode guides and "making-of" books, this study succeeds admirably in its aim to give credence to women action heroes as a valid area of popular culture study and to show that these series deserve scholarly attention. Dawn Heinecken's forthcoming The Warrior Women of Television: A Feminist Cultural Analysis of the New Female Body in Popular Media deals with much the same subject. Recommended for libraries focusing on media and popular culture studies.-David M. Lisa, West Long Branch P.L., NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780815629894
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Series:
The Television Series
Pages:
175
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.44(d)

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