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Super Bitches and Action Babes

The Female Hero in Popular Cinema, 1970-2006

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Super Bitches and Action Babes by Rikke Schubart
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With actress Pam Grier's breakthroughs 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 more as a pseudo-male rather than female character. This volume contains an in-depth critical analysis and study of the female hero in popular film from 1970 to 2005. It examines five female archetypes: the dominatrix, the Amazon, the daughter, the mother and the rapeavenger. The entrance of the female into films written by, produced by and made for men is viewed through the lens of feminism and post-feminism arguments. Analyzed works include the "Alien" films, the Lara Croft franchise, "Charlie's Angels", and television productions such as "Xena: Warrior Princess" and "La Femme Nikita".
Release date NZ
January 15th, 2007
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
photographs, filmography, notes, bibliography, index
Imprint
McFarland & Co Inc
Pages
368
Dimensions
156x227x21
ISBN-13
9780786429240
Product ID
1819430

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