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Bad Girls and Transgressive Women in Popular Television, Fiction, and Film

Editors: Chappell, Julie A., Young, Mallory (Eds.)

  • Investigates whether bad-girl behavior as represented in popular texts is truly transformative and empowering, or simply playing in to a commercialized and ultimately non-threatening reestablishment of women’s traditional roles
  • Offers perspectives on the figure of the transgressive woman across a variety of media and periods of time while maintaining a clarity in perspective
  • Explores how attitudes toward transgressive women have shifted across time in some areas but remained static in others
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Julie A. Chappell is Professor of English at Tarleton State University, USA. Her writing has focused primarily on women’s lives and texts from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries. She is author or co-editor of many books of scholarship as well as original poetry, including the monograph Perilous Passages: The Book of Margery Kempe, 1534-1934.

Mallory Young, Professor of English at Tarleton State University, USA, has published work on a wide variety of subjects, including European women’s films and popular representations of Marie Antoinette. She is co-editor of Chick Lit: The New Woman’s Fiction and Chick Flicks: Contemporary Women at the Movies.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction: Bad Girls in Popular Culture

    Young, Mallory

    Pages 1-11

  • “How Do You Like My Darkness Now?”: Women, Violence, and the Good “Bad Girl” in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Kramer, Kaley

    Pages 15-31

  • Hollywood’s Warrior Woman for the New Millennium

    Waites, Kate

    Pages 33-49

  • Reading Kathleen Mallory: Trauma and Survival in the Detective Fiction of Carol O’Connell

    Kennedy, Kathleen

    Pages 51-71

  • Vera Caspary’s Bedelia: Murder as a Domestic Art, or Lethal Home Economics

    Saxton, Kirsten T.

    Pages 75-95

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-47259-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-47258-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-83693-5
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bad Girls and Transgressive Women in Popular Television, Fiction, and Film
Editors
  • Julie A. Chappell
  • Mallory Young
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-47259-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-47259-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-47258-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83693-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 289
Number of Illustrations and Tables
18 illustrations in colour
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