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Frankel, Valerie Estelle: Empowered. The Symbolism, Feminism, and Superheroism of Wonder Woman. Sunnyvale: LitCrit, 2015. (339 S.) 
Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0692409572
BibTeX citation key: Frankel2015a
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Wonder Woman", Adaption, Comic-Verfilmung, Historischer Überblick, Intermedialität, Superheld, TV, USA
Creators: Frankel
Publisher: LitCrit (Sunnyvale)
Abstract
Wonder Woman is an icon … but an icon of what? To some, she’s Lynda Carter, spinning into star-studded shorts to save the day. To others, she’s a racy Halloween costume or inspiring feminist role model. Which is true? This book analyzes each era of Wonder Woman, from the Golden Age to George Pérez and Gail Simone’s reboots to The New 52 and television shows, cartoons, and films. Which teach the right messages for girls and boys? Which have problematic symbols? Most of all, which present an empowering female superhero and which just a fun-loving princess in an improbably clinging corset? Let’s find out.

Table of Contents

Introduction (9)

On Feminist Comic Book Readings (11)
Golden Age (William Moulton Marston) 1941–1947 (25)
Wimpy Wonder Woman (Robert Kanigher) 1947–1967 (67)
Diana Prince: Wonder Woman (Denny O’Neil and Mike Sekowsky) 1968–1973 (81)
Return of Wonder Woman (Denny O’Neil and Mike Sekowsky) 1973–1986 (93)
Lynda Carter’s “New, Original Wonder Woman” 1975–1979 (105)
Super Friends 1973–1986 (119)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (Geoff Johns) 1985–1986 (123)
New Myths (George Pérez) 1987–1992 (127)
Cheesecake, Anyone? (William Messner-Loebs) 1992–1995 (143)
Family Drama (John Byrne) 1995–1998 (153)
Superhero Renaissance (159)
Alt Visions: The Gritty/Wimpy Hero (160)
Alt-Visions: The Sweet Inspiration (167)
Alt-Visions: Hard-Edged Villainess (172)
The Next Generation: Justice League 2001–06 (183)
Violence for Kids: JLA Cartoon Movie 2009 (195)
Nostalgia and Ultimate War (Phil Jimenez) 2001–2003 (207)
Back to Myth (Greg Rucka) 2003–2005 (213)
Infinite Crisis (Geoff Johns) 2005–2006 (219)
A Nemesis and An Amazon War (Jodi Picoult) 2007 (225)
Feminism, not Fridges (Gail Simone) 2008–2010 (229)
Final Crisis (Grant Morrison) 2008 (239)
The Lost Film (Joss Whedon) 2009 (241)
A Heroine’s Odyssey (J. Michael Straczynski) 2011 (249)
Smallville Revisited (NBC Pilot) 2011 (255)
Blood, Guts, and Glory (Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang) 2011 (263)
Modern Alt-Worlds (277)
Modern Spinoffs (281)
Reaching Toddlers: Board and Picture Books (287)
Larger Universe: Other Multimedia (295)

Conclusion (301)

Appendix: Comics Guide (303)
Appendix: Episode List and Bibliography (311)

Works Cited (322)
Index (329)


  
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