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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This book really took me by surprise. As a person interested in women’s studies, I was concerned after reading the title that this book would paint the wrong picture of feminism. However, in the ... Read full review

Contents

Godmother of Them All The Rise and Fall of Pam Grier
41
A Pure Dominatrix Ilsa SheWolf of the SS
65
Enough Birth of the RapeAvenger
83
From the Margins
105
Meiko Kaji Woman with a Vengeance
107
Beautiful Vase Made of Iron and Steel Michelle Yeoh
123
Failed Female Hero? Queen of Martial Arts Cynthia Rothrock
144
Into the Action
167
The Warrior and the Wardrobe The Amazon Hero
219
Age of Ambivalence
247
Disturbing Creature The Female Soldier in the War Film
249
The Action Star Persona of Milla Jovovich
270
High Trash Heroines Lara Beatrix and Three Angels
290
Filmography
319
Chapter Notes
325
Bibliography
345

Sigourney Weaver The Alien Series and the Mother Archetype
169
Daddys Action Girl Nikita and the Daughter Archetype
195

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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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