Xena Goes to Camp: On Feminism, Anachronism, and Subversion

Xena Goes to Camp: On Feminism, Anachronism, and Subversion

by Valerie Estelle Frankel

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Xena Goes to Camp: On Feminism, Anachronism, and Subversion by Valerie Estelle Frankel

Part of the delight of Xena: Warrior Princess comes from its campiness - she duels with swordfish, beats thugs with a diaper, flips and spins without a thought for gravity. As she and Gabrielle spar with Santa Claus, Lao Tzu, Julius Caesar, Goliath, Beowulf, Homer, Ulysses, Caligula, Odin, and Genghis Khan, they exist in a historical mish-mash impossible to take seriously...even without the rock music and American slang. Yet hidden within the silly storylines is an immense dose of subversion. Xena rolls her eyes as she seduces warlords in a harem costume and is the first to admit her own leather dress is just as much of a performance. In each historic encounter, Xena takes no credit for revolutionizing history, toppling dictators and saving heroes. As she sneakily saves the day, her unrealistic world underscores an idealized reality - one in which women have always outperformed men.

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ISBN-13: 9781541396265
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/02/2017
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Valerie Estelle Frankel is the author of many books on pop culture, including Doctor Who - The What, Where, and How, Sherlock: Every Canon Reference You May Have Missed in BBC's Series 1-3, and How Game of Thrones Will End. Many of her books focus on women's roles in fiction, from her heroine's journey guides From Girl to Goddess and Buffy and the Heroine's Journey to books like Women in Game of Thrones and The Many Faces of Katniss Everdeen. Once a lecturer at San Jose State University, she's a frequent speaker at conferences. Come explore her research at www.vefrankel.com.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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