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Super Bitches And Action Babes

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Author: Rikke Schubart
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786482842
Size: 10.41 MB
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Category : Performing Arts
Languages : en
Pages : 368
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Book 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.


Post Feminist Impasses In Popular Heroine Television

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Author: Alison Horbury
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137511370
Size: 66.51 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 217
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Book Description: Alison Horbury investigates the reprisal of the myth of Persephone - a mother-daughter plot of separation and initiation - in post-feminist television cultures where, she argues, it functions as a symptom expressing a complex around the question of sexual difference - what Lacan calls 'sexuation', where this question has been otherwise foreclosed.


Mastering Fear

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Author: Rikke Schubart
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1501336738
Size: 77.72 MB
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Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 384
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Book Description: Mastering Fear analyzes horror as play and examines what functions horror has and why it is adaptive and beneficial for audiences. It takes a biocultural approach, and focusing on emotions, gender, and play, it argues we play with fiction horror. In horror we engage not only with the negative emotions of fear and disgust, but with a wide range of emotions, both positive and negative. The book lays out a new theory of horror and analyzes female protagonists in contemporary horror from child to teen, adult, middle age, and old age. Since the turn of the millennium, we have seen a new generation of female protagonists in horror. There are feisty teens in The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017), troubled mothers in The Babadook (2014), and struggling women in the New French extremity with Martyrs (2008) and Inside (2007). At the fuzzy edges of the genre are dramas like Pan's Labyrinth (2006) and Black Swan (2010), and middle-age women are now protagonists with Carol in The Walking Dead (2010–) and Jessica Lange's characters in American Horror Story (2011–). Horror is not just for men, but also for women, and not just for the young, but for audiences of all ages.


Der Aktuelle Kriegsfilm Im Historischen Und Medialen Kontext

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Author: Shirin Packham
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3658241780
Size: 78.88 MB
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Category : Performing Arts
Languages : de
Pages : 363
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Book Description: In ihrer medienethisch ausgerichteten Analyse untersucht Shirin Packham die Rolle aktueller Kriegsfilme zu den Einsätzen im Irak und Afghanistan innerhalb des Kriegsfilmgenres. Die Autorin kombiniert historische Arbeiten zur Film-, Kino- und Fernsehlandschaft des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts mit medien- und filmanalytischen Betrachtungen von Dokumentarfilmen, Spielfilmen und digitalem Filmmaterial, um zu zeigen, wie die politischen Positionierungen des kommerziellen Kinos im jeweiligen Entstehungskontext zu begreifen sind. Auf diesem Weg wird der mehr als eine Dekade überspannende Zyklus von aktuellen Kriegsfilmen erstmals in ein übergreifendes Bild des Kriegsfilmgenres eingeordnet.


Louis Armstrong Duke Ellington And Miles Davis

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Author: Aaron Lefkovitz
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1498567525
Size: 30.73 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Music
Languages : en
Pages : 228
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Book Description: This book examines Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis as distinctively global symbols of threatening and nonthreatening black masculinity. It centers them in debates over U.S. cultural exceptionalism, noting how they have been part of the definition of jazz as a jingoistic and exclusively American form of popular culture.


The Fascination Of Film Violence

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Author: Henry Bacon
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137476443
Size: 79.64 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Performing Arts
Languages : en
Pages : 227
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Book Description: The Fascination of Film Violence is a study of why fictional violence is such an integral part of fiction film. How can something dreadful be a source of art and entertainment? Explanations are sought from the way social and cultural norms and practices have shaped biologically conditioned violence related traits in human behavior.


Women Of Ice And Fire

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Author: Anne Gjelsvik
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1501302914
Size: 20.33 MB
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Category : Performing Arts
Languages : en
Pages : 288
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Book Description: George R.R. Martin's acclaimed seven-book fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire is unique for its strong and multi-faceted female protagonists, from teen queen Daenerys, scheming Queen Cersei, child avenger Arya, knight Brienne, Red Witch Melisandre, and many more. The Game of Thrones universe challenges, exploits, yet also changes how we think of women and gender, not only in fantasy, but in Western culture in general. Divided into three sections addressing questions of adaptation from novel to television, female characters, and politics and female audience engagement within the GoT universe, the interdisciplinary and international lineup of contributors analyze gender in relation to female characters and topics such as genre, sex, violence, adaptation, as well as fan reviews. The genre of fantasy was once considered a primarily male territory with male heroes. Women of Ice and Fire shows how the GoT universe challenges, exploits, and reimagines gender and why it holds strong appeal to female readers, audiences, and online participants.


Die Heldenfigur Als Erz Hlstrategie Im Popul Ren Spielfilm

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Author: Verena Sitz
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3838206258
Size: 54.13 MB
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Category : Social Science
Languages : de
Pages : 328
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Book Description: Ende der 1970er Jahre entdeckte Hollywood einen Filmstoff, der sich als äußerst lukrativ erwies: den Comic-Superhelden. Gleichzeitig bedeutete der Beginn des Blockbuster-Zeitalters auch einen Neuanfang für die Konstruktion von Helden und das Geschichtenerzählen im populären Kinofilm. Gewonnen wird diese Grundlage des modernen Geschichtenerzählens aus mythischen Erzählmustern. Doch was ist dran an diesen formalen und motivischen Vorgaben? Worin liegt ihre Faszinationskraft, und werden sie tatsächlich umgesetzt? Wie sind Superheldenfiguren konstruiert? Diesen Fragen geht Verena Sitz anhand von Superman (1978), Batman (1989), Spider-Man (2002), Hulk (2003) und Daredevil (2003) nach. Systematisch betrachtet sie sowohl den Medientransfer vom Comic in den Film als auch die narrative und visuelle Gestaltung der Superheldenfilme sowie die Präsentation der Heldenbilder, die von Selbstfindung bis zur Selbstzerstörung reichen. Sie zeigt Mythologisierungs-Mechanismen der Story- und Figurenkonstruktion auf und arbeitet eine eigenständige dramaturgische Struktur des Comic-Superheldenfilms heraus, die sich von gängigen Actionfilmen abgrenzt: die Doppelinitiation des Helden. Neben den vorherrschenden Drehbuchkonzepten der USA stützt sich die Autorin bei ihrer Untersuchung auf Überlegungen des Berliner Religionsphilosophen Klaus Heinrich zum mythischen Helden.


Beowulf In Contemporary Culture

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Author: David Clark
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1527544060
Size: 19.44 MB
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Category : Poetry
Languages : en
Pages : 263
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Book Description: This collection explores Beowulf’s extensive impact on contemporary culture across a wide range of forms. The last 15 years have seen an intensification of scholarly interest in medievalism and reimaginings of the Middle Ages. However, in spite of the growing prominence of medievalism both in academic discourse and popular culture—and in spite of the position Beowulf itself holds in both areas—no study such as this has yet been undertaken. Beowulf in Contemporary Culture therefore makes a significant contribution both to early medieval studies and to our understanding of Beowulf’s continuing cultural impact. It should inspire further research into this topic and medievalist responses to other aspects of early medieval culture. Topics covered here range from film and television to video games, graphic novels, children’s literature, translations, and versions, along with original responses published here for the first time. The collection not only provides an overview of the positions Beowulf holds in the contemporary imagination, but also demonstrates the range of avenues yet to be explored, or even fully acknowledged, in the study of medievalism.


A Companion To The Action Film

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Author: James Kendrick
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119100763
Size: 13.88 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Performing Arts
Languages : en
Pages : 512
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Book Description: An authoritative guide to the action-packed film genre With 24 incisive, cutting-edge contributions from esteemed scholars and critics, A Companion to the Action Filmprovides an authoritative and in-depth guide to this internationally popular and wide-ranging genre. As the first major anthology on the action film in more than a decade, the volume offers insights into the genre’s historical development, explores its production techniques and visual poetics, and provides reflections on the numerous social, cultural, and political issues it has and continues to embody. A Companion to the Action Film offers original research and critical analysis that examines the iconic characteristics of the genre, its visual aesthetics, and its narrative traits; considers the impact of major directors and stars on the genre’s evolution; puts the action film in dialogue with various technologies and other forms of media such as graphic novels and television; and maps out new avenues of critical study for the future. This important resource: Offers a definitive guide to the action film Contains insightful contributions from a wide range of international film experts and scholars Reviews the evolution of the genre from the silent era to today’s age of digital blockbusters Offers nuanced commentary and analysis of socio-cultural issues such as race, nationality, and gender in action films Written for scholars, teachers and students in film studies, film theory, film history, genre studies, and popular culture, A Companion to the Action Film is an essential guide to one of international cinema’s most important, popular, and influential genres.


Comics And Pop Culture

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Author: Barry Keith Grant
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 1477319395
Size: 70.17 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 344
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Book Description: It is hard to discuss the current film industry without acknowledging the impact of comic book adaptations, especially considering the blockbuster success of recent superhero movies. Yet transmedial adaptations are part of an evolution that can be traced to the turn of the last century, when comic strips such as “Little Nemo in Slumberland” and “Felix the Cat” were animated for the silver screen. Representing diverse academic fields, including technoculture, film studies, theater, feminist studies, popular culture, and queer studies, Comics and Pop Culture presents more than a dozen perspectives on this rich history and the effects of such adaptations. Examining current debates and the questions raised by comics adaptations, including those around authorship, style, and textual fidelity, the contributors consider the topic from an array of approaches that take into account representations of sexuality, gender, and race as well as concepts of world-building and cultural appropriation in comics from Modesty Blaise to Black Panther. The result is a fascinating re-imagination of the texts that continue to push the boundaries of panel, frame, and popular culture.


Fourth Wave Feminism In Science Fiction And Fantasy

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Author: Valerie Estelle Frankel
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476637601
Size: 23.71 MB
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Category : Performing Arts
Languages : en
Pages : 232
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Book Description:  Fourth wave feminism has entered the national conversation and established a highly visible presence in popular media, especially in cutting-edge science fiction and fantasy films and television series. Wonder Woman, the Wasp, and Captain Marvel headline superhero films while Black Panther celebrates nonwestern power. Disney princesses value sisterhood over conventional marriage. This first of two companion volumes addresses cinema, exploring how, since 2012, such films as the Hunger Games trilogy, Mad Max: Fury Road, and recent Star Wars installments have showcased women of action. The true innovation is a product of the Internet age. Though the web has accelerated fan engagement to the point that progressivism and backlash happen simultaneously, new films increasingly emphasize diversity over toxic masculinity. They defy net trolls to provide stunning role models for viewers across the spectrum of age, gender, and nationality.