Fantasy Girls

Author: Elyce Rae Helford
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847698356
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A new collection on women in American television in the 90s uncovers a cultural obsession with tough yet sexy heroines in mythical pasts, the "girl power" present, and utopic futures. Xena, Buffy, Sabrina, and a host of other characters have become household words, as well as icons of pop culture 'feminism.' Their popularity makes for successful programming, however, how much does this trend truly represent a contemporary feminist breakthrough? And what does it mean for feminism in the next few decades? Fantasy Girls: Navigating the New Universe of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television seeks to explore as well as challenge the power and the promises of this recent media phenomenon. Such TV programming offers the exciting opportunity to rethink established gender norms, but how far is it really pushing the limits of the status quo? Amidst the exuberant optimism of fanzines and doting fan websites, the contributors to this volume endeavor to provide us with a much needed critical analysis of this contemporary trend. These essays explore the contradictions and limitations inherent in the genre, forcing readers to take a fresh and critical look through a variety of lenses including girl power, postfeminism, cyborg feminism, disability politics, queer studies, and much more. Programs covered are Babylon 5, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Disney's Cinderella, Lois and Clark, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Star Trek: Voyager, The X-Files, Third Rock from the Sun, and Xena: Warrior Princess.

Embodying Gender and Age in Speculative Fiction

Author: Derek J. Thiess
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131755194X
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Following scholarship on gender in science fiction, this book explores the limits of considering age as a social construction, positing that an acknowledgement of aged bodies necessarily changes the way we read both age and science fiction. The volume employs contemporary clinical psychology, the biopsychosocial model, to demonstrate that age is an important and neglected topic relevant to the study of speculative fiction. While gender offers a vocabulary, the biopsychosocial approach provides a method to consider age (and gender) as an embodied synthesis of physicality, psychology, and social environment. This respected model of clinical psychology allows a unique and innovative lens through which to read age and the body in literature. Thiess offers readings of established sf classics including Octavia Butler’s Parable series; Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game; and cyberpunk authors such as Bruce Sterling, Pat Cadigan, and Neal Stephenson, also exploring more mainstream speculative works including Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series and Joss Whedon’s Firefly/Serenity. Visiting topics such as care work, sexuality, sport, and the military in these works, the book demonstrates that acknowledging a more fully embodied age is not only necessary for the individual subject, but will also enrich our understanding of other social categories, including gender and race. Taking a constructive—rather than adversarial—stance, this book does not merely question how much one can ethically and responsibly "bend" age, but suggests there is a great deal to learn when one explores those limits.

Athena s Daughters

Author: Frances H. Early
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815629689
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A critical inquiry into the new woman warrior's appropriation of violence and the Western war narrative. It delves into the meaning of that appropriation for alternative storytelling, and provides a forum to recognize women's increasing role in popular culture as they are cast as action heroes.

American Taboo The Forbidden Words Unspoken Rules and Secret Morality of Popular Culture

Author: Lauren Rosewarne
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313399344
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America's often-unspoken morality codes make many topics taboo in "the land of the free." This book analyzes hundreds of popular culture examples to expose how the media both avoids and alludes to how we derive pleasure from our bodies. • Analyzes an enormous range of popular culture examples in a lively and highly readable writing style • Identifies and examines 12 separate taboos of the media • Provides interdisciplinary coverage that intersects with a wide variety of subject areas, including cultural studies, philosophy, feminism, and queer culture • Offers not only in-depth descriptions of cultural taboos but also clear explanations of why they exist • Supplies fascinating and useful information for general audiences as well as students and scholars of popular culture, political science, sexuality and gender studies, and sociology

Realit t und Fantastik in Joss Whedons Buffy Musical

Author: Anonym
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3640781627
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2004 im Fachbereich Deutsch - Literatur, Werke, Note: 1,7, Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Die von Joss Whedon produzierte popkulturelle TV-Serie Buffy - Im Bann der Damonen (1997-2003) ubertrifft den 1992 erschienenen Film Buffy the Vampire Slayer bei weitem. Besonders die Episode Noch einmal mit Gefuhl" 1 (OT: Once More, with Feeling") ist ein herausragendes Werk in der deutschen und amerikanischen Fernsehgeschichte. Sie hebt sich vom Rest der Serie weitgehend ab, da sie in Form einer Musical Komodie dargestellt wird. Hierbei bringt Joss Whedon mit viel Selbstironie die sich in vorangegangenen Episoden anbahnenden Entwicklungen auf den Hohepunkt. Die zu Beginn gestellte Frage von Dawn was an singen und tanzen schon falsch sein konne ("Come on, songs, dancing around... what's gonna be wrong with that?"), sowie das Wissen des Zuschauers, dass in Buffys Leben kein Tag ohne kuriose Vorkommnisse vergeht, lasst von vorneherein vermuten, dass auch diese Episode mehr als reinen Unterhaltungswert bietet. Der heraufbeschworene Tanzdamon Sweet zwingt die Einwohner Sunnydales sich ihre intimsten Geheimnisse vorzusingen und dies fuhrt, wie konnte es anders sein, zu Chaos und Verzweiflung. In dieser kritischen Analyse der Episode Noch einmal mit Gefuhl" werden die unterschiedlichen Ebenen von Realitat und Fantastik untersucht und aufgezeigt, dass selbst noch die fantastischsten Ebenen dem Zuschauer hochst realistische Themenkomplexe bieten. Erst wenn man diese Ebenen als verschlusselte Realitat erkennt, wird man verstehen, dass Buffy - Im Bann der Damonen nicht nur eine reine Unterhaltungsserie ist, sondern auch, und ganz besonders diese Episode, erhebliches philosophisches Potential in sich tragt. Um die unterschiedlichen Ebenen von Realitat und Fantastik richtig einschatzen zu konnen, ist es zunachst wichtig zu erlautern, was diese Begriffe in dem gegebenen Kontext genau bedeuten. Als Realitat wird in diesem Zusa"

Beautiful Fighting Girl

Author: Tamaki Saitō
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 0816654506
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From Nausicaä to Sailor Moon, understanding girl heroines of manga and anime within otaku culture.

Redesigning Women

Author: Amanda D. Lotz
Format: PDF
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In the 1990s, American televison audiences witnessed anunprecedented rise in programming devoted explicitly to women. Cablenetworks such as Oxygen Media, Women's Entertainment Network, and Lifetime targeted a female audience, and prime_time dramaticseries such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Judging Amy, Gilmore Girls, Sex and the City, and Ally McBeal empowered heroines, single careerwomen, and professionals struggling with family commitments andoccupational demands. After establishing this phenomenon'ssignificance, Amanda D. Lotz explores the audience profile, the types ofnarrative and characters that recur, and changes to the industrylandscape in the wake of media consolidation and a profusion ofchannel

Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy Entries

Author: Robin Anne Reid
ISBN: 9780313335921
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"Examines women's contributions to science fiction and fantasy across a range of media and genres, such as fiction, nonfiction, film, television, art, comics, graphic novels, and music."--