Many female figures in recent fiction, film and television embody the Artemis archetype, modeled on the Greco-Roman goddess of the hunt. These characters are often identified as heroines and recognized as powerful and progressive pop icons. Some fit the image of the tough resourceful female in a science fiction or fantasy setting, while others are more relatable, inhabiting a possible future, a recent past or a very real present. Examining both iconic and lesser-known works, this collection of new essays analyzes the independent and capable female figure as an ideal representation of women in popular culture.
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Susan Redington Bobby, assistant professor of English at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, USA teaches classic and contemporary fairy tales and adolescent literature. She has chaired panels and presented papers on topics related to adolescent literature, fairy tales, heroism, and gender at various conferences. Eileen M. Harney is an assistant professor in the English Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA. Her research interests include the treatment of gender in medieval traditions and texts, contemporary depictions of female bodies and the heroic female character, and gender constructs in comics, television series, and films.
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