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Bad girls and transgressive women in popular television, fiction, and film

Bad girls and transgressive women in popular television, fiction, and film

Young, Mallory, 1952-, editor; Chappell, Julie, 1950-, editor

This collection of essays focuses on the representations of a variety of 'bad girls' - women who challenge, refuse, or transgress the patriarchal limits intended to circumscribe them - in television, popular fiction, and mainstream film from the mid-twentieth century to the present. This collection of essays focuses on the representations of a variety of "bad girls"-women who challenge, refuse, or transgress the patriarchal limits intended to circumscribe them-in television, popular fiction, and mainstream film from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Perhaps not surprisingly, the initial introduction of women into Western cultural narrative coincides with the introduction of transgressive women. From the beginning, for good or ill, women have been depicted as insubordinate. Today's popular manifestations include such widely known figures as Lisbeth Salander (the "girl with the dragon tattoo"), The Walking Dead's Michonne, and the queen bees of teen television series. While the existence and prominence of transgressive women has continued uninterrupted, however, attitudes towards them have varied considerably. It is those attitudes that are explored in this collection. At the same time, these essays place feminist/postfeminist analysis in a larger context, entering into ongoing debates about power, equality, sexuality, and gender

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Published Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Julie A. Chappell, Mallory Young
ISBN: 3319472593, 9783319472591
Physical Description: 256 pages : illustrations (colour)
Subject: Cultural studies; Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000; Media studies; Films, cinema; Women History.; Literary studies: general; Gender studies, gender groups; Popular culture; Feminism.; Literary theory; Society.; English; Society & culture: general
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9783319472584

Contents

  1. 1.Introduction - Mallory Young
  2. Part I. Crime and Punishment
  3. 2."How do you like my darkness now?": Women, Violence, and the Good `Bad Girl' in Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Kaley A. Kramer
  4. 3. Hollywood's Warrior Woman for the New Millennium - Kate Waites
  5. 4. Reading Kathleen Mallory: Trauma and Survival in the Detective Fiction of Carol O'Connell - Kathleen A. Kennedy
  6. Part II. Domestic Arts
  7. 5. Vera Caspary's Bedelia: Murder as a Domestic Art, or Lethal Home Economics - Kirsten T. Saxton
  8. 6. The Dirty Secret: Domestic Disarray in Chick Lit - Joanne Knowles
  9. Part III. Academic Performance
  10. 7. Good Teachers, Bad Teachers, and Comedic Performance in Popular American Cinema - Joel Gwynne
  11. 8. Mean Girls End Up Dead: The Dismal Fate of Teen Queen Bees in Popular Culture - Sara K. Day
  12. Part IV. Revisionist Perspectives
  13. 9. Bad Girl, Bad Mother, Bad Queen: Catherine de' Medici in Contemporary Fiction, Film, and History - William B. Robison
  14. 10. "Let Them Know That Men Did This": Medusa, Rape, and Female Rivalry in Contemporary Film and Women's Writing - Elizabeth Johnston
  15. Part V. Alternate Realities
  16. 11. At the Crossroads: Carnival, Hybridity, Legendary Womanhood in Nalo Hopkinson's Midnight Robber - N.A. Pierce
  17. 12. Just Another Monster: Michonne's Defiance in The Walking Dead - Samaa Abdurraqib
  18. 13. Bad Girls in Outer Space: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga and the Graphic Representation of Subversive Femininity - Mihaela Precup and Dragos Manea