Athena's daughters: television's new women warriors

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Syracuse University Press, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 175 pages
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Examines the complex and controversial relationships between feminism and violence as revealed in popular TV shows featuring women warriors. 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


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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.