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Fantasy Girls : Gender in the New Universe of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television - Elyce Rae Helford

Fantasy Girls

Gender in the New Universe of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television

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Published: 6th September 2013
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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.

Af indholdet: S. 41-60: The Cartesian Novum of Third rock from the sun / Nicole Matthews & Farah Mendlesohn. -- S. 61-90: Scully hits the glass ceiling: postmodernism, postfeminism, posthumanism, and The x-files / Linda Badley. -- S. 91-113: Lois' locks: trust and representation in Lois and Clark: the new adventures of Superman / Rhonda V. Wilcox. -- S. 115-134: What's happening on earth? Mystery science theater 3000 as reflection of gender roles and attitudes toward women / Jessica A. Royer. -- S. 135-162: Feminism, queer studies, and the sexual politics of Xena / Elyce Rae Helford. -- S. 163-186: To be a vampire on Buffy the vampire slayer / Kent A. Ono. -- S. 187-201: Biology is not destiny; biology is fantasy: Cinderella / Marleen S. Barr. -- S. 203-222: Science, race, and gender in Star trek: Voyager / Robin A. Roberts. -- S. 223-244: The construction of feminine identity in babylon 5 / Sharon Nay & Elaine M. Sciog-Lazarov. -- S. 245-264: No ramps in space: the inability to envision accessibility in Star trek: deep space nine / Hanley E. Kanar.

ISBN: 9780742579699
ISBN-10: 0742579697
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 6th September 2013
Publisher: University Press of America