Athena's Daughters: Television's New Women Warriors

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Frances H. Early, Kathleen Kennedy
Syracuse University Press, 2003 - Performing Arts - 175 pages
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This book is unique in its critical inquiry into the new woman warrior's appropriation of violence and the Western war narrative. Informed by feminist theoretical debates regarding women's new roles, the authors delve into the meaning of that appropriation for alternative storytelling. To date, television's ferocious few have received little scholarly attention. By inviting a variety of perspectives, editors Frances Early and Kathleen Kennedy provide a cutting-edge forum to recognize women's increasing role in popular culture as they are cast as action heroes. As a timely and accessible work, this book will appeal to scholars, feminists, cultural critics, and the general reader.
 

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In recent shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xena: Warrior Princess, Star Trek Voyager, and La Femme Nikita, we have seen capable and proactive female characters rise up and dominate. This work, a ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction Athenas Daughters
1
The Baby the Mother and the Empire Xena as Ancient Hero
13
Tall Dark and Dangerous Xena the Quest and the Wielding of Sexual Violence in Xena OnLine Fan Fiction
27
Love Is the Battlefield The Making and the Unmaking of the Just Warrior in Xena Warrior Princess
40
The Female Just Warrior Reimagined From Boudicca to Buffy
55
If Youre Not Enjoying It Youre Doing Something Wrong Textual and Viewer Constructions of Faith the Vampire Slayer
66
Action Chicks Everything OnLine Interviews with Male Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
78
Buffy? Shes Like Me Shes Not Like MeShes Rad
92
The Most Powerful Weapon You Have Warriors and Gender in La Femme Nikita
105
We Who Are Borg Are We Borg?
119
Notes
135
Bibliography
155
Index
167
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About the author (2003)

Frances Early is professor of history at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the author of the award-winning book A World Without War: How U.S. Feminists and Pacifists Resisted World War I, also published by Syracuse University Press.

Kathleen Kennedy is associate professor of history and director of women's studies at the Western Washington University. She is author of Disloyal Mothers and Scurrilous Citizens: Women and Subversion During World War I.

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