Feminisms and Superheroes
Routledge – 2004 – 168 pages
Drawing upon her long career as a formidable feminist critic yet wearing her knowledge lightly, Lillian Robinson finds the essence of wonder women in our non-animated three-dimensional world. This book will delight and provoke anyone interested in the history of feminism or the importance of comics in contemporary life.
"This book solidifies Lillian Robinson's place in that small pantheon of scholars who deserve to be recognized as feminist superheroes in their own right. No feminist scholar in our time has tackled the range of diverse topics that Robinson has, and Wonder Women extends that range even further. Robinson probes the meanings of Wonder Woman, her sisters, and their ordinary avatars with her trademark wit and élan, brilliantly situating this relatively neglected chapter of popular culture in contexts that include Greek myths, social and political history, literature, economics, art history, media studies, gender studies, and postmodern theory. Bravo for this engaging, imaginative, and beautifully-written tour de force!" -- Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Stanford University
"Robinson provides an insightful cultural critique of the production of heroines." -- Shannon Devine, Herizons
"But as Robinson's astute criticism demonstrates, we can take hope that through thoughtful, cumulative, and playful scholarship (as in witty and ironic) we can learn from the postmodern gaps, and their sources, and can fill the ourselves." -- Shelley Armitage, University of Texas, El Paso, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature
"Robinson has made a study of the female superhero that is both enjoyable and seriously relevant to contemporary concerns about power and image." -- Marian Parish, Nassau Community College, Science Fiction Studies
Lillian Robinson is Principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University in Montreal. Among her books are Monstrous Regiment, Sex, Class, and Culture, and Night Market..