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Action Chicks: New Images of Tough Women in Popular Cultureby Sherrie A. (edt) Inness
Synopses & Reviews
Xena, Buffy, Lara Croft, La Femme Nikita. The women of pop culture are center stage and tougher than ever. Action Chicks is a groundbreaking collection highlighting the heroines who fascinate us. What can they tell us about how popular culture depicts women? Do the characters escape traditional gender role expectations? Or do they adhere to sexual, racial, ethnic, and class stereotypes? The essays in Action Chicks provide a new look at these icons and their relationship to the popular media machine. This is a thought-provoking anthology that is bound to change how we think about gender and toughness.
Book News Annotation:
Innes (English, Miami U.) introduces ten essays with illustrations that analyze the recent trend—sometimes liberating, sometimes reactionary—toward tough females, from virtual heroines to Xena: Warrior Princess.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Sherrie A. Inness is Professor of English at Miami University.
Table of Contents
"Boxing Gloves and Bustiers": New Images of Tough Women--Sherrie A. Inness * Lara's Lethal and Loaded Mission: Transposing Reproduction and Destruction--Claudia Herbst * Gender, Sexuality, and Toughness: The Bad Girls of Action Film and Comic Books--Jeffrey A. Brown * "It's a Girl Thing": Tough Female Action Figures in the Toy Store--Sherrie A. Inness * Embodying an Image: Gender, Race, and Sexuality in La Femme Nikita--Charlene Tung * Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Defiant Women, Decadent Men, Objects of Power, and Witchblade--David Greven * The Cruelest Season: Female Heroes Snapped into Sacrificial Heroines--Sara Crosby * Can No Cage Hold Her Rage? Gender, Transgression, and the World Wrestling Federation's Chyna-Dawn Heinecken * Tough Love: Mamas, Molls, and Mob Wives--Marilyn Yaquinto * "Tough Enough": Female Friendship and Heroism in Xena and Buffy--Sharon Ross * Little Miss Tough Chick of the Universe: Farscape's Inverted Sexual Dynamics--Renny Christopher
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