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Pain, Porn and Complicity: Women Heroes from Pygmalion to Twilight

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Why does Bella lie so much in the Twilight series? Why was Catwoman such a bad movie? What was the reason Dark Angel was so short-lived? Poet and scholar Kathleen McConnell tackles these, and other, subjects in this collection of essays. Drawing on analysis from Freud to chaos theory, and a large body of research, McConnell starts with Pygmalion, and unravels the cultural threads that bind the way women protagonists are characterized in popular culture. This careful, and at times wry, examination ...

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Overview

Why does Bella lie so much in the Twilight series? Why was Catwoman such a bad movie? What was the reason Dark Angel was so short-lived? Poet and scholar Kathleen McConnell tackles these, and other, subjects in this collection of essays. Drawing on analysis from Freud to chaos theory, and a large body of research, McConnell starts with Pygmalion, and unravels the cultural threads that bind the way women protagonists are characterized in popular culture. This careful, and at times wry, examination considers not only why women are portrayed in these ways, but discusses the effect of those characterizations on the culture that consumes them.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781894987684
  • Publisher: Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Kathleen McConnell's Nail Builders Plan for Strength and Growth won the Lampert Award for best first book of poems in Canada, and was a finalist for the Governor General's Award. The Hundefrulein Papers chronicles the years she spent living with, and looking after the dogs of Elisabeth Mann Borgese. After a typically peripatetic writer's life she has settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she teaches Creative Writing and Women Writers in the English Department at St. Thomas University.

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