The Warrior Women of Television: A Feminist Cultural Analysis of the New Female Body in Popular Media

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Peter Lang, Jan 1, 2003 - Performing Arts - 187 pages
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The Warrior Women of Television examines contemporary representations of the female action hero in three series: La Femme Nikita, Aeon Flux, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Detailed readings focus on the ways the structure and content of each series work to create specific understandings of the body that are in contrast to those of male-centered action texts. Arguing that television texts mediate larger cultural concerns, this book considers the feminist implications of the series and uses insights from critical writings on contemporary culture and the body to discuss the ways the female hero functions as a potent contemporary cultural symbol.

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Contents

Feminist Media Theory
9
Interpreting Heroic Action
21
La Femme Nikita Romance and the Plastic Body
37
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The Author: Dawn Heinecken is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. She received her Ph.D. in American culture studies from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and co-authored Measuring Up: How Advertising Affects Self-Image with Vickie Rutledge Shields.

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