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The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture$
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Elyce Rae Helford, Shiloh Carroll, Sarah Gray, and Michael R. II Howard

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496808714

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496808714.001.0001

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date: 15 December 2018

Situating Starbuck: Combative Femininity, Figurative Masculinity, and the Snap

Situating Starbuck: Combative Femininity, Figurative Masculinity, and the Snap

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(p.82) Situating Starbuck: Combative Femininity, Figurative Masculinity, and the Snap
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The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture
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Ewan Kirkland

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496808714.003.0005

Ewan Kirkland’s “Situating Starbuck: Combative Femininity, Figurative Masculinity, and the Snap” studies the action heroine in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009) television series. He argues that Starbuck exemplifies a transformation of the 1970s male action hero in post-Alien action adventure science fiction and fantasy, where women warriors increasingly feature as a generic staple. Situating Starbuck in relation to action heroines from film, television, and digital games as well as the academic arguments that circulate them affords an understanding of the gender politics of the character, and the extent to which she challenges dominant representations in popular culture.

Keywords:   Starbuck, Battlestar Galactica, Action Heroine, Femininity, Science Fiction

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