A sheep in wolf's clothing? The problematic representation of women and the female body in 1980s sword and sorcery cinema

  title={A sheep in wolf's clothing? The problematic representation of women and the female body in 1980s sword and sorcery cinema},
  author={Andrea Wright},
  journal={Journal of Gender Studies},
  pages={401 - 411}
  • A. Wright
  • Published 26 October 2012
  • Art
  • Journal of Gender Studies
The muscled, independent woman found in action-orientated cinema is a problematic figure that confronts customary perceptions of masculine and feminine representation and gender roles. The regularly applied active/passive dichotomy is challenged by the agency and skill of these women, but, simultaneously, their position is undermined by an emphasis on the body, relationships with male characters, and the demands of patriarchy. Indeed, Jeffrey A. Brown (1996) argues that a female in an action… 


Gender and the Action Heroine: Hardbodies and the "Point of No Return"
The figure of the tough heroine in early 1990s action films crosses variable gender boundaries; she is a performance of masculinity in Aliens and Terminator and is the reinscription of a feminine
From ‘figurative males’ to action heroines: further thoughts on active women in the cinema
This now famous quote neatly captures the confusion and uncertainty surrounding the transgressive character of the action heroine.' Smarter, tougher and better equipped than both the traditional
Impossible Bodies: Femininity and Masculinity at the Movies
Introduction - "Impossible Bodies, Compromised Positions" Part I: Gesturing Towards Genres - 1. Visible Difference and Flex Appeal: The Body, Sex, Sexuality and Race in the Pumping Iron Films 2. When
Tough Girls: Women Warriors and Wonder Women in Popular Culture
Tough girls are everywhere these days. Whether it is Ripley battling a swarm of monsters in the Aliens trilogy or Captain Janeway piloting the starship Voyager through space in the continuing Star
Spectacular Bodies: Gender, Genre and the Action Cinema
The dissertation presents an account of the contemporary American action cinema. The themes, stereotypes and iconography associated with the genre are explored through detailed discussion of film
Dreaming Identities: Class, Gender, And Generation In 1980s Hollywood Movies
The return of the repressed - Lucas and Spielberg's Temple of Doom redeeming images - the wild man comes home secretary of success in post-modern society transforming heroes - Hollywood and the
Family Fictions: Representations of the Family in 1980s Hollywood Cinema
Foreword J.Thumim - Acknowledgements - Introduction - PART 1: SOCIETY/CULTURE/HISTORY: FAMILIES IN THE EIGHTIES - Britain in the Eighties - Hollywood Cinema in the Eighties - Family Representations:
Flaming Classics: Queering the Film Canon
This lively, opinionated, and playful look at the movies is a must-read for film buffs, and for anyone interested in gender, sexuality, and popular culture. One thing's for sure. After reading
Postcolonialism and Androgyny
This article analyzes Grace Jones's primary performance art from 1978 to 1986. To summarize the inquiry: How does Grace Jones's performance art contribute to a reconceptualization of Afrocentric
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women
What has made women unhappy in the last decade? Faludi writes 'is not their equality' - which they don't yet have - but the rising pressure to halt, even worse, women's quest for that equality.