Female Action Heroes: A Guide to Women in Comics, Video Games, Film, and Television

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 341 pages
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Catherine Gale, famously portrayed by Honor Blackman, was the first to wear a leather bodysuit on television. Foxy Brown is considered film's first black female action hero, and Chun Li in Street Fighter II the first female protagonist in a fighting video game. What do these figures have in common and what messages do they send?

Female action heroes, like other fictional characters, not only reveal a lot about society, but greatly influence individuals in society. It is no surprise that the gradual development and increase in the number of female action heroes coincides with societal changes and social movements, such as feminism, nor is it a surprise that characteristics of female action heroes echo the progressive toughening of women and young girls in the media.

Female Action Heroes: A Guide to Women in Comics, Video Games, Film, and Television brings to the forefront the historical representation of women and girls in film, television, comic books, and video games. The book includes profiles of 25 of the most popular female action heroes, arranged in alphabetical order for easy reference. Each entry includes sections on the hero's origins, her power suit, weapons, abilities, and the villains with whom she grapples. Most significantly, each profile offers an analysis of the hero's story---and her impact on popular culture.
 

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Contents

A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Buffy the Vampire Slayer
15
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Catwoman
29
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Charlies Angels
43
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Chun Li
57
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Chyna
71
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Ellen aka The Lady
83
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Ellen Ripley
97
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Emma Peel
109
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Lara Croft
201
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Maggie Fitzgerald
215
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television The Powerpuff Girls
227
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Princess Leia
239
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Sarah Connor
251
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Selene
265
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Storm
277
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Thelma and Louise
291

A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Foxy Brown
123
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television GI Jane
137
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Helen
149
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Jen Yu
161
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Joan of Arc
173
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Kathryn Janeway
185
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Wonder Woman
303
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television XenaWarrior Princess
317
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Glossary
329
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Selected Bibliography
333
A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television Index
335
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Gladys L. Knight is a freelance writer. She is the author of Greenwood's Icons of African American Protest: Trailblazing Activists of the Civil Rights Movement.

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