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Cocca, Carolyn. Superwomen: Gender, power, and representation. New York: Bloomsbury, 2016. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9781501316579
BibTeX citation key: Cocca2016
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Categories: General
Keywords: Gender, Superhero, USA
Creators: Cocca
Publisher: Bloomsbury (New York)
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Over the last 75 years, superheroes have been portrayed most often as male, heterosexual, white, and able-bodied. Today, a time when many of these characters are billion-dollar global commodities, there are more female superheroes, more queer superheroes, more superheroes of color, and more disabled superheroes—but not many more.
Superwomen investigates how and why female superhero characters have become more numerous but are still not-at-all close to parity with their male counterparts; how and why they have become a flashpoint for struggles over gender, sexuality, race, and disability; what has changed over time and why in terms of how these characters have been written, drawn, marketed, purchased, read, and reacted to; and how and why representations of superheroes matter, particularly to historically underrepresented and stereotyped groups.
Specifically, the book explores the production, representations, and receptions of prominent transmedia female superheroes from their creation to the present: Wonder Woman; Batgirl and Oracle; Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Star Wars’ Padmé Amidala, Leia Organa, Jaina Solo, and Rey; and X-Men’s Jean Grey, Storm, Kitty Pryde, Rogue, and Mystique. It analyzes their changing portrayals in comics, novels, television shows, and films, as well as how cultural narratives of gender have been negotiated through female superheroes by creators, consumers, and parent companies over the last several decades.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments (vi)
List of Illustrations (viii)

Introduction: Representation Matters (1)
1. “The Sexier the Outfit, the Fewer Questions Asked”: Wonder Woman (25)
2. “When You Go Out At Night, You Won’t Be Alone”: Batgirl(s) and Birds of Prey (57)
3. “Somebody Has To Save Our Skins!” Padmé Amidala, Leia Organa, and Jaina Solo in Star Wars (87)
4. “No Such Things as Limits”: The X-Women (121)
5. “Slayers. Every One of Us”: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (157)
6. “Part of Something Bigger”: Ms. Marvel(s) and Captain Marvel(s) (183)
Conclusion: Superwomen, Diversity, and Representation (215)

Bibliography (223)
Index (246)

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