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Dangerous Curves: Action Heroines, Gender, Fetishism, and Popular Culture Hardcover – January 7, 2011

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A consideration of the many manifestations of the action heroine in film, television, contemporary popular literature, comic books, cartoons, and video games

About the Author

Jeffrey A. Brown, Bowling Green, Ohio, is an associate professor of popular culture at Bowling Green State University. He is the author of Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Fans (University Press of Mississippi).
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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (January 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160473714X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604737141
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,813,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was excited for this book because I cannot say anything bad about Brown’s Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and their Fans. It is one of my favorite books studying pop culture. Then Dangerous Curves was not necessarily a badly written book, but it is difficult to agree with the arguments made. His grip of feminist studies is questionable at best. Instead, these action heroines are placed in a male-centric analysis that does not seem to do them justice. Sometimes, Brown’s analysis is appropriate given that action media is a male-centric industry, from creators to target audience.
Brown casts a wide net of subjects in this book, including films, advertising, and television shows. His familiarity with these many sources is impressive. Readers do not have to worry about familiarity because any person interested in the topic would be familiar with at least one of the popular titles examined. Brown approaches each title with (outdated) psychoanalysis around the female action heroine’s performance of gender and her sexuality. It would be much better if written by someone known for LGBT, gender, and feminist studies.
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