If you’ve been following Dark Matter for any length of time, you’ve probably read posts referring to a conference I attended at Monash University last year titled Tights and Tiaras: Female Superheroes and Media Cultures. My report on the conference is here but I highly recommend you follow the link to Monash University’s Colloquy Journal website where issue 24 features academic essays by the original speakers themselves.
- Man-eaters and fan-dancers:
Kitana from Mortal Kombat
The essays available online are
Introduction: Tights and Tiaras Deb Waterhouse-Watson and Evie Kendal
Buffy, the Transmedia Hero Emma Beddows
Re-/deconstructing the Yellow Brick Road: Gender, Power and Tin Man Deb Waterhouse-Watson
Comic Book Princesses for Grown-Ups: Cinderella Meets the Pages of the Superhero Rebecca-Anne C. Do Rozario
If you’re at all interested in representations of women in popular culture, this issue of Colloquy is a ‘must have’ resource!
I didn’t realise Colloquy was available as an open source resource, but now I know I’ll have to keep an eye on it for future essays of interest.