Wonder Women and Bad Girls

Superheroine and Supervillainess Archetypes in Popular Media

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About the Book

Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Shuri, and Black Widow. These four characters portray very different versions of women: the superheroine, the abuse victim, the fourth wave princess, and the spy, respectively. In this in-depth analysis of female characters in superhero media, the authors begin by identifying ten eras of superhero media defined by the way they portray women. Following this, the various archetypes of superheroines are classified into four categories: boundary crossers, good girls, outcasts, and those that reclaim power. Modern superheroines fall under any of the categories and with the push from the feminist movement, superheroines are becoming more powerful and independent.

About the Author(s)

Valerie Estelle Frankel teaches English at Mission College and San Jose City College. The author of 75 popular culture books and more than 100 stories and essays, she lives in Sunnyvale, California.

Bibliographic Details

Valerie Estelle Frankel
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages:
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8409-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4163-8
Imprint: McFarland