Super Bitches and Action Babes: The Female Hero in Popular Cinema, 1970-2006

Super Bitches and Action Babes: The Female Hero in Popular Cinema, 1970-2006

Rikke Schubart


With actress Pam Grier's leap forward in Coffy and Foxy Brown, girls entered motion, technology fiction, struggle, westerns and martial arts films--genres that had formerly been thought of the area of male protagonists. This ground-breaking cinema, even though, was--and nonetheless is--viewed with ambivalence.

While girls have been solid in new and interesting roles, they didn't continually arrive with their femininity intact, usually functioning either as a sexualized spectacle and as a brand new woman hero instead of lady personality. This quantity includes an in-depth severe research and learn of the feminine hero in well known movie from 1970 to 2005. It examines 5 lady archetypes: the dominatrix, the Amazon, the daughter, the mummy and the rape-avenger. the doorway of the feminine hero into motion pictures written through, produced via and made for males is seen during the lens of feminism and post-feminism arguments. Analyzed works contain movies with actors Michelle Yeoh and Meiko Kaji, the Alien movies, the Lara Croft franchise, Charlie's Angels, and tv productions similar to Xena: Warrior Princess and Alias.

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