Heroines of Comic Books and Literature: Portrayals in Popular Culture

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9781442231474: Heroines of Comic Books and Literature: Portrayals in Popular Culture

Despite the growing importance of heroines across literary culture—and sales figures that demonstrate both young adult and adult females are reading about heroines in droves, particularly in graphic novels, comic books, and YA literature—few scholarly collections have examined the complex relationships between the representations of heroines and the changing societal roles for both women and men.

In Heroines of Comic Books and Literature: Portrayals in Popular Culture, editors Maja Bajac-Carter, Norma Jones, and Bob Batchelor have selected essays by award-winning contributors that offer a variety of perspectives on the representations of heroines in today’s society. Focused on printed media, this collection looks at heroic women depicted in literature, graphic novels, manga, and comic books. Addressing heroines from such sources as the Marvel and DC comic universes, manga, and the Twilight novels, contributors go beyond the account of women as mothers, wives, warriors, goddesses, and damsels in distress.

These engaging and important essays situate heroines within culture, revealing them as tough and self-sufficient females who often break the bounds of gender expectations in places readers may not expect. Analyzing how women are and have been represented in print, this companion volume to Heroines of Film and Television will appeal to scholars of literature, rhetoric, and media as well as to broader audiences that are interested in portrayals of women in popular culture.

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About the Author:

Maja Bajac-Carter is a doctoral student at Kent State University, where her research focuses on gender, identity, and media studies. She is a contributor to We Are What We Sell: How Advertising Shapes American Life . . . and Always Has (2014).

Norma Jones is a University Fellow, David B. Smith Award recipient and doctoral candidate in the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University. She examines heroic narratives in popular culture as they relate to cultural identities and representations of various groups in society. Jones is an associate editor for The Popular Culture Studies Journal, the official journal of the Midwest Popular Culture Association.

Bob Batchelor is James Pedas Professor of Communication and executive director of the James Pedas Communication Center at Thiel College. He is the author or editor of more than twenty-one books, including Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). He is a member of the editorial advisory board of The Journal of Popular Culture and editor of the Contemporary American Literature series published by Rowman & Littlefield.

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It's about time for a volume of this scope.  Many scholarly studies focus on portrayals of heroines in film and television so Heroines of Comic Books and Literature is like a breath of fresh air. The editors give the world a finely curated collection of articles. The diversity of topics and interdisciplinary nature is one of this volume's greatest strengths. Discussions and analysis of novels and comics fit nicely together in this one collection. Topics range from Twilight's Bella and Wonder Woman to Hugo's Esmeralda and the X-Men with many heroines in-between.  

Heroines is a valuable text for anyone doing research on or teaching gender, race, or popular culture studies. This volume belongs in academic libraries and those special collections and archives focusing on women's studies and history.
 
Robert G. Weiner
Associate Humanities Librarian Texas Tech University author of Marvel Graphic Novels: An Annotated Guide and co-editor of From the Arthouse to the GrindhouseCinema InfernoWeb-Spinning Heroics, and Graphic Novels and Comics in the Classroom.

The release of Heroines of Comic Books and Literature...could not have been timelier.... The well-organized thought processes throughout should prove to be refreshing to the comic book fan, even though it reveals some uneasy, though necessary truths, of these heroine portrayals.... Heroines of Comic Books and Literature boasts nineteen succinct chapters by a collection of authors who aptly command authority in their respective areas of expertise. A notable inclusion of comic artist, writer, and Will Eisner Hall of Fame inductee Trina Robbins adds panache to an already credible list of educators and scholars. The variety of case studies and methodologies will certainly satisfy those who want more from their popular culture analysis. Collections like this can potentially fall into the trap of stylistic inconsistency, but the editors may be credited for a book filled with direct, punchy writing that provokes the reader to want more from each chapter. This book is perhaps best described as an academic’s Jezebel — it approaches popular culture in a manner that welcomes discussions and is appropriately critical, well researched, even-tempered, and, is still, wildly passionate. (Journal of American Culture)

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