Heroines of Comic Books and Literature: Portrayals in Popular Culture

Heroines of Comic Books and Literature: Portrayals in Popular Culture

by Maja Bajac-Carter
     
 

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Despite the growing importance of heroines across literary culture—and sales figures that demonstrate both young adult and adult females are reading about heroines in droves, particularly in graphic novels, comic books, and YA literature—few scholarly collections have examined the complex relationships between the representations of heroines and the

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Despite the growing importance of heroines across literary culture—and sales figures that demonstrate both young adult and adult females are reading about heroines in droves, particularly in graphic novels, comic books, and YA literature—few scholarly collections have examined the complex relationships between the representations of heroines and the changing societal roles for both women and men.

In Heroines of Comic Books and Literature: Portrayals in Popular Culture, editors Maja Bajac-Carter, Norma Jones, and Bob Batchelor have selected essays by award-winning contributors that offer a variety of perspectives on the representations of heroines in today’s society. Focused on printed media, this collection looks at heroic women depicted in literature, graphic novels, manga, and comic books. Addressing heroines from such sources as the Marvel and DC comic universes, manga, and the Twilight novels, contributors go beyond the account of women as mothers, wives, warriors, goddesses, and damsels in distress.

These engaging and important essays situate heroines within culture, revealing them as tough and self-sufficient females who often break the bounds of gender expectations in places readers may not expect. Analyzing how women are and have been represented in print, this companion volume to Heroines of Film and Television will appeal to scholars of literature, rhetoric, and media as well as to broader audiences that are interested in portrayals of women in popular culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442231474
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/14/2014
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Maja Bajac-Carter is a doctoral student at Kent State University, where 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).

Norma Jones is a David B. Smith Fellowship recipient and doctoral candidate in the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University. She examines heroic narratives in popular culture as they relate to cultural identities and representations of various groups in society. Jones is an associate editor for The Popular Culture Studies Journal, the official journal of the Midwest Popular Culture Association.

Bob Batchelor is James Pedas Professor of Communication and executive director of the James Pedas Communication Center at Thiel College. He is the author or editor of more than twenty-one books, including Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). He is a member of the editorial advisory board of The Journal of Popular Culture and editor of the Contemporary American Literature series published by Rowman & Littlefield.

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