Super Bitches and Action Babes: The Female Hero in Popular Cinema, 1970-2006 (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Apr 3, 2007 - Performing Arts - 368 pages
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With actress Pam Grier's breakthrough in Coffy and Foxy Brown, women entered action, science fiction, war, westerns and martial arts films--genres that had previously been considered the domain of male protagonists. This ground-breaking cinema, however, was--and still is--viewed with ambivalence. While women were cast in new and exciting roles, they did not always arrive with their femininity intact, often functioning both as a sexualized spectacle and as a new female hero rather than female character. This volume contains an in-depth critical analysis and study of the female hero in popular film from 1970 to 2006. It examines five female archetypes: the dominatrix, the Amazon, the daughter, the mother and the rape-avenger. The entrance of the female hero into films written by, produced by and made for men is viewed through the lens of feminism and post-feminism arguments. Analyzed works include films with actors Michelle Yeoh and Meiko Kaji, the Alien films, the Lara Croft franchise, Charlie's Angels, and television productions such as Xena: Warrior Princess and Alias.

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Godmother of Them All The Rise and Fall of Pam Grier
A Pure Dominatrix Ilsa SheWolf of the SS
Enough Birth of the RapeAvenger
From the Margins
Meiko Kaji Woman with a Vengeance
Beautiful Vase Made of Iron and Steel Michelle Yeoh
Failed Female Hero? Queen of Martial Arts Cynthia Rothrock
Into the Action
The Warrior and the Wardrobe The Amazon Hero
Age of Ambivalence
Disturbing Creature The Female Soldier in the War Film
The Action Star Persona of Milla Jovovich
High Trash Heroines Lara Beatrix and Three Angels
Chapter Notes

Sigourney Weaver The Alien Series and the Mother Archetype
Daddys Action Girl Nikita and the Daughter Archetype

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About the author (2007)

Rikke Schubart is director of studies and associate professor of literature, media and cultural studies at the University of Southern Denmark.

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