Wonder Woman: The Female Body and Popular Culture

Wonder Woman: The Female Body and Popular Culture

by Joan Ormrod


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Wonder Woman was created in the early 1940s as a paragon of female empowerment and beauty and her near eighty-year history has included seismic socio-cultural changes. In this book, Joan Ormrod analyses key moments in the superheroine's career and views them through the prism of the female body.

This book explores how Wonder Woman's body has changed over the years as her mission has shifted from being an ambassador for peace and love to the greatest warrior in the DC transmedia universe, as she's reflected increasing technological sophistication, globalisation and women's changing roles and ambitions. Wonder Woman's physical form, Ormrod argues, is both an articulation of female potential and attempts to constrain it. Her body has always been an amalgamation of the feminine ideal in popular culture and wider socio-cultural debate, from Betty Grable to the 1960s 'mod' girl, to the Iron Maiden of the 1980s.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781788314114
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/20/2020
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.01(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Joan Ormrod is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She is the editor of the Jourbanal of Graphic Novels and Comics, co-author of Superheroes and Identities (2014) and has an extensive jourbanals publication record.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Superheroes, Place and the Body
Chapter 1: Beautiful White Bodies: Allure, Race and the Showgirl Body in World War II
Chapter 2: ’Here Be Monsters’ – Mutating, Splitting and the familial body of the Cold War
Chapter 3: Second Wave Feminism: Masquerade, Consumerism and the Fab/ricated Body
Chapter 4: The Goddess, The Iron Maiden and The Sacrilization of Consumerism
Chapter 5: Consumerism, Power, Citizenship and the Body Beautiful in the Early 1990s
Chapter 6: Women on the Edge: Unruly Bodies, spectacle and violence post 9/11
Chapter 7: The Many Bodies of Wonder Woman: The Amazon Storyworld in a Postmedia Age

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