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Grunzke, Andrew L. Education and the Female Superhero: Slayers, cyborgs, sorority sisters, and schoolteachers. Lanham [etc.]: Lexington, 2019. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-4985-9684-8
BibTeX citation key: Grunzke2019
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Wonder Woman", Didactics, Gender, Superhero, USA
Creators: Grunzke
Publisher: Lexington (Lanham [etc.])
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Considering a variety of female superhero narratives, including World War II-era Wonder Woman comics, the 1970s television programs The Secrets of Isis and The Bionic Woman, and the more recent Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Education and the Female Superhero: Slayers, Cyborgs, Sorority Sisters, and Schoolteachers argues that they share a vision of education as the path to female empowerment. In his analysis, Andrew L. Grunzke examines female superheroes who are literally teachers or students, exploring examples of female superheroes whose alter egos work as schoolteachers or attend school during the workday and fight evildoers when they are outside the classroom. Taking a broader view of education, Grunzke argues that the superheroine in popular media often sees and articulates her own role as being an educator. In these narratives, female superheroes often take it upon themselves to teach self-defense tactics, prevent victimization, and encourage people (especially female victims) to pursue formal education. Moreover, Grunzke shows how superheroines tend to see their relationship with their adversaries as rehabilitative and educative, trying to set them on the correct path rather than merely subdue or dominate them.
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