Buffy to Batgirl

Essays on Female Power, Evolving Femininity and Gender Roles in Science Fiction and Fantasy

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About the Book

Science fiction and fantasy are often thought of as stereotypically male genres, yet both have a long and celebrated history of female creators, characters, and fans. In particular, the science fiction and fantasy heroine is a recognized figure made popular in media such as Alien, The Terminator, and Buffy, The Vampire Slayer. Though imperfect, she is strong and definitely does not need to be saved by a man. This figure has had an undeniable influence on The Hunger Games, Divergent, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and many other, more recent female-led book and movie franchises.
Despite their popularity, these fictional women have received inconsistent scholarly interest. This collection of new essays is intended to help fill a gap in the serious discussion of women and gender in science fiction and fantasy. The contributors are scholars, teachers, practicing writers, and other professionals in fields related to the genre. Critically examining the depiction of women and gender in science fiction and fantasy on both page and screen, they focus on characters who are as varied as they are interesting, and who range from vampire slayers to time travelers, witches, and spacefarers.

About the Author(s)

Julie M. Still is on the faculty of the Paul Robeson Library at Rutgers University. She has published and presented on several topics relating to librarianship, history, and literature.

Zara T. Wilkinson is a reference librarian at Rutgers University-Camden. In addition to her research interests in librarianship, she has published and presented on the depiction of women in science fiction television shows including Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Orphan Black.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Julie M. Still and Zara T. Wilkinson

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6446-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3725-9
Imprint: McFarland