Bad Girls and Transgressive Women in Popular Television, Fiction, and Film

  • Julie A. Chappell
  • Mallory Young

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Crime and Punishment

  3. Domestic Arts

  4. Academic Performance

  5. Revisionist Perspectives

  6. Alternate Realities

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 283-289

About this book


This collection of essays focuses on the representations of a variety of “bad girls”—women who challenge, refuse, or transgress the patriarchal limits intended to circumscribe them—in television, popular fiction, and mainstream film from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Perhaps not surprisingly, the initial introduction of women into Western cultural narrative coincides with the introduction of transgressive women. From the beginning, for good or ill, women have been depicted as insubordinate. Today’s popular manifestations include such widely known figures as Lisbeth Salander (the “girl with the dragon tattoo”), The Walking Dead’s Michonne, and the queen bees of teen television series. While the existence and prominence of transgressive women has continued uninterrupted, however, attitudes towards them have varied considerably. It is those attitudes that are explored in this collection. At the same time, these essays place feminist/postfeminist analysis in a larger context, entering into ongoing debates about power, equality, sexuality, and gender.


Transgressive Women Gender and Empowerment Gender and Commercialization Postfeminism Feminism and Media Feminism and Popular Culture

Editors and affiliations

  • Julie A. Chappell
    • 1
  • Mallory Young
    • 2
  1. 1.Tarleton State UniversityStephenvilleUSA
  2. 2.Tarleton State UniversityStephenvilleUSA

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