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Athena’s Daughters
Television’s New Women Warriors

Edited by Frances Early and Kathleen Kennedy

Cloth $39.95    |    0-8156-2968-0    |   2003

Examines the complex and controversial relationships between feminism and violence as revealed in popular TV shows featuring women warriors.

"The contributors to this collection offer interdisciplinary perspectives and analyses of women warriors in popular culture. Holding the individual essays together is the author’s common interest in exploring the implications, especially for alternative feminist storytelling, of the new woman warrior’s appropriation of the male warrior’s exclusive claim to heroism."

"An important new addition to the fields of media studies and popular culture studies."
Sherrie Inness, Tough Girls: Women Warriors and Wonder Women in Popular Culture

This book is unique in its critical inquiry into the new woman warrior's appropriation of violence and the Western war narrative. Informed by feminist theoretical debates regarding women's new roles, the authors delve into the meaning of that appropriation for alternative storytelling. To date, television's "ferocious few" have received little scholarly attention. By inviting a variety of perspectives, editors Frances Early and Kathleen Kennedy provide a cutting-edge forum to recognize women's increasing role in popular culture as they are cast as action heroes. As a timely and accessible work, this book will appeal to scholars, feminists, cultural critics, and the general reader.

With a Foreword by Rhonda V. Wilcox

6 x 9, 192 pages, notes, works cited, index

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