Schubart 2007 Bitches

Title Information


Author: Rikke Schubart

Title: Super Bitches and Action Babes

Subtitle: The Female Hero in Popular Cinema, 1970-2006

Place: Jefferson, NC

Publisher: McFarland & Co.

Year: 2007

Pages: 368pp.

ISBN-13: 9780786429240 (print) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780786482849 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | U.S. History | Representations: Films; Victims: Revenge



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Author: Rikke Schubart, Institut for Kulturvidenskaber (Department for the Study of Culture), Syddansk Universitet (University of Southern Denmark) – Academia.edu, Wikipedia

Contents:

  Acknowledgments (p. v)
  Preface (p. 1)
  Introduction: Female Heroes in an Age of Ambivalence (p. 5)
  Part One: The Rise Against Me
  1. "Godmother" of Them All: The Rise and Fall of Pam Grier (p. 41)
  2. A Pure Dominatrix: Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS (p. 65)
  3. Enough! Birth of the Rape-Avenger (p. 83)
  Part Two: From the Margins
  4. Meiko Kaji: Woman with a Vengeance (p. 107)
  5. "Beautiful Vase Made of Iron and Steel": Michelle Yeoh (p. 123)
  6. Failed Female Hero? "Queen of Martial Arts" Cynthia Rothrock (p. 144)
  Part Three: Into the Action
  7. Sigourney Weaver: The Alien Series and the Mother Archetype (p. 169)
  8. Daddy’s Action Girl: Nikita and the Daughter Archetype (p. 195)
  9. The Warrior and the Wardrobe: The Amazon Hero (p. 219)
  Part Four: Age of Ambivalence
  10. Disturbing Creature: The Female Soldier in the War Film (p. 249)
  11. The Action Star Persona of Milla Jovovich (p. 270)
  12. High Trash Heroines: Lara, Beatrix, and Three Angels (p. 290)
  Filmography (p. 319)
  Chapter Notes (p. 325)
  Bibliography (p. 345)
  Index (p. 353)

Description:

»With actress Pam Grier’s breakthrough 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 both as a sexualized spectacle and as a new female hero rather than female character. This volume contains an in-depth critical analysis and study of the female hero in popular film from 1970 to 2006. It examines five female archetypes: the dominatrix, the Amazon, the daughter, the mother and the rape-avenger. The entrance of the female hero into films written by, produced by and made for men is viewed through the lens of feminism and post-feminism arguments. Analyzed works include films with actors Michelle Yeoh and Meiko Kaji, the Alien films, the Lara Croft franchise, Charlie’s Angels, and television productions such as Xena: Warrior Princess and Alias.» (Source: McFarland)

Reviews:

McMenomy, E. Regina. The Journal of Popular Culture 41(5) (October 2008): 898-899. – Full Text: Wiley Online Library (Restricted Access)

Nielsen, Lisbeth O. MedieKultur. Journal of media and communication 24(44) (2008): 73-74. – Full Text: Statsbiblioteket (Free Access)

Taves, Brian. Journal of Film and Video 61(4) (Winter 2009): 66-68. – Full Text: Project MUSE (Restricted Access)

Wikipedia: Rape and revenge film


Added: January 3, 2015 – Last updated: January 3, 2015