Fantasy Girls: Gender in the New Universe of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television

Elyce Rae Helford

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Fantasy Girls: Gender in the New Universe of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television

Fantasy Girls Gender in the New Universe of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television A new collection on women in American television in the s uncovers a cultural obsession with tough yet sexy heroines in mythical pasts the girl power present and utopic futures Xena Buffy Sabrin

  • Title: Fantasy Girls: Gender in the New Universe of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television
  • Author: Elyce Rae Helford
  • ISBN: 9780847698356
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • A new collection on women in American television in the 90s uncovers a cultural obsession with tough yet sexy heroines in mythical pasts, the girl power present, and utopic futures Xena, Buffy, Sabrina, and a host of other characters have become household words, as well as icons of pop culture feminism Their popularity makes for successful programming, however, how mA new collection on women in American television in the 90s uncovers a cultural obsession with tough yet sexy heroines in mythical pasts, the girl power present, and utopic futures Xena, Buffy, Sabrina, and a host of other characters have become household words, as well as icons of pop culture feminism Their popularity makes for successful programming, however, how much does this trend truly represent a contemporary feminist breakthrough And what does it mean for feminism in the next few decades Fantasy Girls Navigating the New Universe of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television seeks to explore as well as challenge the power and the promises of this recent media phenomenon Such TV programming offers the exciting opportunity to rethink established gender norms, but how far is it really pushing the limits of the status quo Amidst the exuberant optimism of fanzines and doting fan websites, the contributors to this volume endeavor to provide us with a much needed critical analysis of this contemporary trend These essays explore the contradictions and limitations inherent in the genre, forcing readers to take a fresh and critical look through a variety of lenses including girl power, postfeminism, cyborg feminism, disability politics, queer studies, and much Programs covered are Babylon 5, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Disney s Cinderella, Lois and Clark, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Star Trek Voyager, The X Files, Third Rock from the Sun, and Xena Warrior Princess.

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    1. Anna on said:

      I originally picked this volume up to read the essay about MST3K (which was pretty interesting, if a bit less nuanced than I would have liked), but the other essays here are worth a read, too. The piece that really tips this collection into 4-star territory is Hanley Kamar's essay, "No Ramps in Space: The Inability to Envision Accessibility in Star Trek DS 9." Although I'm not an avid viewer of DS9 and have not seen the episode that Kamar discusses, her piece was a well-written and engaging look [...]

    2. Angela on said:

      When my [used, because it's a whopping $40 new] copy of Fantasy Girls arrived, I initially dismissed it as one of those academic press collections of very unrelated essays. However, while written by different authors, the chapters form a coherent whole, are well-arranged, and are surprisingly even in quality. A review of the role of women in '90s sci-fi television shows with special attention to portrayals of race, disability, and sexuality, the chapters cover shows including Buffy, Third Rock f [...]

    3. Tortla on said:

      I didn't read this particularly thoroughly, but there were insightful analyses of Sabrina, Third Rock from the Sun, and Xena which I skimmed because I'd seen all of those shows to some extent in my childhood. There was also a compelling article on race in Disney's 1997 live-action version of Cinderella, which I actually read. I particularly enjoyed its puns and its insistence on calling the character played by Whoopi Goldberg "Queen Whoopi." It brought up good points about race and age and Ameri [...]

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