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Fantasy Girls: Gender in the New Universe of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television Paperback – May 30 2000

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a seemingly sexist title for a thought provoking book Oct. 11 2006
By Daubas - Published on
Format: Paperback
Focusing on female characters in sci-fi, fantastic, fantasy TV series, FANTASY GIRLS is a collection of essays writen by scholars who are also fans and take pop culture as seriously as it should be.

The works presented here are very diverse and deal with global themes from the shows considered. However, for the average reader, ie, someone not academicly working on media/TV/cinema/women studies or sociology, the very precise and scholarly nature of the contributions might make it less enticing. This is not a mainstream book about TV series with fun anecdotes and pictures (just a disclaimer).

Contributions include an overview of sex in star trek deep space 9, an amazing piece (Sculy hits the glass ceilling) analysing gender relations in X-Files, and other clever articles on Sabrina the teenage witch, the lesbian (to be discussed) relationship between Xena and Gabrielle in Xena Warrior Princess...

The gender approach is smart and does provide exciting insights. As a french student studying in an american college I found this reading inspiring and fresh since french "élite" professors tends to consider pop culture, particularly TV as uninteresting (it is slowly changing for the best). I find it a very useful reference and a good tool, providing many leads for papers, thesis ... as well as thorrow bibliographies and webographies.
Great Book June 13 2014
By Krystina - Published on
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Very interesting book. Shipped quickly and brand new. Would recommend this book to book clubs. Overall no issues so rated this a 5
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
love this book Jan. 9 2007
By S. Destfino - Published on
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I bought this for research on a paper I was writing and ended up using this as the main point of reference. I focused on the Xena piece and loved it, but the others are good, too.