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This collection of essays focuses on the representations of a variety of -bad girls---women who challenge, refuse, or transgress the patriarchal limits intended to circumscribe them--in television, popular fiction, and mainstream film from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Perhaps not surprisingly, the initial introduction of women into Western cultural narrative c This collection of essays focuses on the representations of a variety of -bad girls---women who challenge, refuse, or transgress the patriarchal limits intended to circumscribe them--in television, popular fiction, and mainstream film from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Perhaps not surprisingly, the initial introduction of women into Western cultural narrative coincides with the introduction of transgressive women. From the beginning, for good or ill, women have been depicted as insubordinate. Today's popular manifestations include such widely known figures as Lisbeth Salander (the -girl with the dragon tattoo-), The Walking Dead's Michonne, and the queen bees of teen television series. While the existence and prominence of transgressive women has continued uninterrupted, however, attitudes towards them have varied considerably. It is those attitudes that are explored in this collection. At the same time, these essays place feminist/postfeminist analysis in a larger context, entering into ongoing debates about power, equality, sexuality, and gender.


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This collection of essays focuses on the representations of a variety of -bad girls---women who challenge, refuse, or transgress the patriarchal limits intended to circumscribe them--in television, popular fiction, and mainstream film from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Perhaps not surprisingly, the initial introduction of women into Western cultural narrative c This collection of essays focuses on the representations of a variety of -bad girls---women who challenge, refuse, or transgress the patriarchal limits intended to circumscribe them--in television, popular fiction, and mainstream film from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Perhaps not surprisingly, the initial introduction of women into Western cultural narrative coincides with the introduction of transgressive women. From the beginning, for good or ill, women have been depicted as insubordinate. Today's popular manifestations include such widely known figures as Lisbeth Salander (the -girl with the dragon tattoo-), The Walking Dead's Michonne, and the queen bees of teen television series. While the existence and prominence of transgressive women has continued uninterrupted, however, attitudes towards them have varied considerably. It is those attitudes that are explored in this collection. At the same time, these essays place feminist/postfeminist analysis in a larger context, entering into ongoing debates about power, equality, sexuality, and gender.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robb

    Are you looking for a provocative collection of essays for your syllabus this fall? Take a look at Bad Girls and Transgressive Women in Popular Television, Fiction, and Film, edited by Julie A. Chappell and Mallory Young (Palgrave Macmillan 2017). The title caught my attention—my new sleuth, Kate Clifford, is a woman I consider transgressive in her place and time, and I was keen to see what other artists were doing, and what scholars had to say about them. ... I thoroughly enjoyed it. The overall Are you looking for a provocative collection of essays for your syllabus this fall? Take a look at Bad Girls and Transgressive Women in Popular Television, Fiction, and Film, edited by Julie A. Chappell and Mallory Young (Palgrave Macmillan 2017). The title caught my attention—my new sleuth, Kate Clifford, is a woman I consider transgressive in her place and time, and I was keen to see what other artists were doing, and what scholars had to say about them. ... I thoroughly enjoyed it. The overall tone is “provocative” in the very best meaning of the word, arousing interest and, yes, reaction. It will wake you up. A timely book. See full review here: https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog...

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    Mills College Library

    305.42 B133 2017

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    Hannah

    4.5 stars While some of the chapters discussed seemingly obscure book/TV series, most essays were interesting, with some real standouts. The essays on Bad Teacher, domesticity in chick lit, dead mean girls, and Walking Dead gave nuanced arguments and the chapter on Saga was insightful, but my favourite was the essay about Medusa, which followed depictions - good and bad - across various media.

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