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Bajac-Carter, Maja, Norma Jones und Bob Batchelor (Hgg.): Heroines of Comic Books and Literature. Portrayals in Popular Culture. Lanham [etc.]: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. (258 S.) 
Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-4422-3147-4
BibTeX citation key: BajacCarter2014
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Categories: General
Keywords: Aufsatzsammlung, Figur, Gender
Creators: Bajac-Carter, Batchelor, Jones
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield (Lanham [etc.])
Abstract
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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (ix)
Introduction (xi)

I. Literature (1)
1. Sandra J. Lindow: To Heck with the Village: Fantastic Heroines, Journey and Return (3)
2. Tricia Clasen: From Duckling to Swan: What Makes a Twilight Heroine Strong (17)
3. Lauren Lemley: Salem’s Daughters: Witchcraft, Justice, and the Heroine in Popular Culture (29)
4. K.A. Laity: Heroine: Christina of Markyate (43)
5. Adina Schneeweis: The Bohemian Gypsy, Another Body to Sell: Deciphering Esmeralda in Popular Culture (53)
6. Christina M. Smith: Writing Women in War: Speaking Through, About, And For Female Soldiers in Iraq (65)

II. Exotic, Foreign, Familiar, and Queer (79)
7. Mauricio Espinoza: The Borderland Construction of Latin American and Latina Heroines in Contemporary Visual Media (81)
8. Itir Erhart & Hande Eslen-Ziya: Janissary: An Orientalist Heroine Or a Role Model For Muslim Women? (95)
9. Christopher Paul Wagenheim: Representations of Motherhood in X-men (107)
10. Anita McDaniel: Negotiating Life Spaces: How Marriage Marginalized Storm (119)
11. Sharon Zechowski & Caryn E. Neumann: The Mother of All Superheroes: Idealization of Femininity in Wonder Woman (133)
12. Trina Robbins: Wonder Woman: Lesbian or Dyke? Paradise Island as a Woman’s Community (145)
13. April Jo Murphy: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorists to Crimson Caped Crusaders: How Folk and Mainstream Lesbian Heroes Queer Cultural Space (153)

III. Contemporary American Graphic Novels/Comics (169)
14. Nathan Miczo: Punching Holes in the Sky: Carol Danvers and the Potential of Superheroinism (171)
15. Roy Cook: Jumping Rope Naked: John Byrne, Metafiction, and the Comics Code (185)
16. Joseph Darowski: Invisible, Tiny, and Distant: The First Female Superheroes of the Marvel Age of Comics (199)
17. T. Keith Edmunds: Heroines Aplenty, but None My Mother Would Know: Marvel’s Lack of An Iconic Superheroine (211)
18. Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns: Liminality and Capitalism in Spider-Woman and Wonder Woman, or: How to Make Stronger (i.e. male) Two Super Powerful Women (221)
19. Michael R. Kramer: Empowerment as Transgression: The Rise and Fall of The Black Cat in Kevin Smith’s The Evil That Men Do (233)

Index (245)
About the Editors and Contributors (253)


  
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