Goddesses and Monsters: Women, Myth, Power, and Popular Culture

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Popular Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 468 pages
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The essays in Goddesses and Monsters recognize popular culture as a primary repository of ancient mythic energies, images, narratives, personalities, icons, and archetypes.  Together, they take on the patriarchal myth, where serial killers are heroes, where goddesses—in the form of great white sharks, femmes fatales, and aliens—are ritually slaughtered, and where pornography is the core story underlying militarism, environmental devastation, and racism.  They also point to an alternative imagination of female power that still can be found behind the cult devotion given to Princess Diana and animating all the goddesses disguised as popular monsters, queen bitches, mammies, vamps, cyborgs, and sex bombs.

  

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Contents

Jaws as Patriarchal Myth
23
Sleeping with the Enemy as Pretty Woman Part II?
37
Femme Noire with Lauri Sagle
51
The Pornography of Everyday Life
74
The Lore and Lure
119
American Psychos
141
Ritual in Natural Born Killers
162
Sexual Murder
182
Connecting Incest
269
Myth and Technology through
289
Goddesses and Monsters
315
H The Second Coming of Diana
342
African Mythic Origins
366
i The Cyborg or the Goddess?
387
Notes
405
Bibliography
419

The Myths of Phallotechnology
209
Sex Radiation and the Sacred
243

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About the author (2004)

Jane Caputi is professor of women’s studies and communication at Florida Atlantic University and author of The Age of the Sex Crime and Gossips, Gorgons & Crones: The Fates of the Earth. She also collaborated with Mary Daly on Websters’ First New Intergalactic Wickedary of the English Language.

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