Goddesses and Monsters: Women, Myth, Power, and Popular Culture / Edition 1

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The essays in Goddesses and Monsters recognize popular culture as a primary repository of ancient mythic energies, images, narratives, personalities, icons, and archetypes.  Together, they take on the patriarchal myth, where serial killers are heroes, where goddesses—in the form of great white sharks, femmes fatales, and aliens—are ritually slaughtered, and where pornography is the core story underlying militarism, environmental devastation, and racism.  They also point to an alternative imagination of female power that still can be found behind the cult devotion given to Princess Diana and animating all the goddesses disguised as popular monsters, queen bitches, mammies, vamps, cyborgs, and sex bombs.

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"Goddesses and Monsters is written by one of the leading scholars (and thinkers) about man-woman relationships in academia today. Neither shrill nor strident, Jane Caputi thoroughly examines the evidence and reads it—though to be sure from a feminist point of view."—Ray Browne

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299196240
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/2004
  • Series: Ray and Pat Browne Book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Caputi is professor of women’s studies and communication at Florida Atlantic University and author of The Age of the Sex Crime and Gossips, Gorgons & Crones: The Fates of the Earth. She also collaborated with Mary Daly on Websters’ First New Intergalactic Wickedary of the English Language.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : tracing the goddess/facing the monster 3
Pt. 1 Patriarchal myth
1 Jaws as patriarchal myth 23
2 Sleeping with the enemy as Pretty woman part II? 37
3 Femme noire (with Lauri Sagle) 51
4 The pornography of everyday life 74
Pt. 2 Gods and monsters
5 The new founding fathers : the lore and lure of the serial killer in contemporary culture 119
6 American psychos 141
7 Small ceremonies : ritual in Natural born killers, Forrest Gump, and Follow me home 162
8 The gods we worship : sexual murder as religious sacrifice 182
Pt. 3 Myth and technology
9 Seeing elephants : the myths of phallotechnology 209
10 Sex, radiation, and the sacred 243
11 Unthinkable fathering : connecting incest and nuclearism 269
12 On the lap of necessity : myth and technology through the energetics philosophy of Teresa Brennan 289
Pt. 4 Female potency
13 Goddesses and monsters 315
14 The second coming of Diana 342
15 Facing change : African mythic origins in Octavia Butler's parable novels 366
16 The naked goddess : pornography, female potency, and the sacred 370
17 The cyborg or the goddess? 387
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