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"Award-winning authors from a variety from a variety of disciplines examine the changing roles of heroic women across time. In this volume, editors Norma Jones, Maja Bajac-Carter, and Bob Batchelor have assembled a collection of essays that broaden our understanding of how heroines are portrayed across media, offering readers new ways to understand, perceive, and think about women. Contributors bring fresh readings to popular films and television shows such as 'The Girl with the Drago Tattoo', 'Kill Bill', 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', 'Weeds', 'Mad Men', and 'Star Trek'.