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Wehler, Melissa and Tim Rayborn, eds. Girl of Steel: Essays on television’s supergirl and fourth-wave feminism. Jefferson: McFarland, 2020. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-4766-7201-4
BibTeX citation key: Wehler2020
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Superman", Adaptation, Collection of essays, Gender, Superhero, TV, USA
Creators: Rayborn, Wehler
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson)
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The CW’s hit adaptation of Supergirl is a new take on the classic DC character for a new audience. With diverse female characters, it explores different versions of the female experience. No single character embodies a feminist ideal but together they represent attributes of the contemporary feminist conversation.
This collection of new essays uses a similar approach, inviting a diverse group of scholars to address the many questions about gender roles and female agency in the series. Essays analyze how the series engages with feminism, Supergirl’s impact on queer audiences, and how families craft the show’s feminist narratives. In the ever-growing superhero television genre, Supergirlremains unique as viewers watch a female hero with almost godlike powers face the same struggles as ordinary women in the series.

Table of Contents

Melissa Wehler and Tim Rayborn: “Our Girl”: An Introduction to Essays on the Supergirl Television Series (1)

Why Not Superwoman? Constructing the Feminism of Supergirl
– Marcie Panutsos Rovan: What to Do with Supergirl? Fairy Tale Tropes, Female Power and Conflicted Feminist Discourse (11)
– Melissa Wehler: The Super “It” Girl: A New Brand for a Classic Icon (27)
– Tim Rayborn: Lies, Damned Lies and Relationships: The Deceits and Secrets That Plague the Couples of Supergirl, Season 2 (45)
– Johanna Church: Supergirl and Lena Luthor: Constructing Public and Private Personas (65)

Female Otherness and Intersectionality in Supergirl
– Justin Wigard: “Pull up your ­big-girl pants, and own your power”: Feminist Anger and the Working Woman in The CW’s Supergirl (85)
– Nicholas William Moll: Krypton’s Rage: Contrasting the Emotions and Powers of Supergirl in Television and the New 52 (102)
– Jaime Chris Weida: “I embraced who I am and I don’t want to stop”: Queering Supergirl (118)
– Chelsea M. Gibbs: “It’s real, you’re real, and you deserve a full, happy life”: Supergirl’s “Sanvers” as an Affirmation to Queer Tumblr Fangirls Everywhere (140)

Supergirl’s Sisterhoods: Feminism as a Family Affair
– Donna J. Cromeans: Sisterhood of Steel: The Powerful Bond That Is the Heart of The CW’s Supergirl (161)
– Courtney Lee Weida: “Women of power and the mothers who molded them”: Matriarchal Mentorship and Symbols of Sisterhood in Supergirl (180)
– Sarah J. Palm: El Mayarah: The Danvers Sisters as Chosen Family (199)

About the Contributors (217)
Index (219)

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