Chapter 7: Killing Eve and the Necessity of the Female Villain du Jour
Antiheroines of Contemporary Media: Saints, Sinners, and Survivors
Melanie Haas, N.A. Pierce, and Gretchen Busl
This volume of essays provides a critical foray into the methods used to construct narratives which foreground antiheroines, a trope which has become increasingly popular within literary media, film, and television. Antiheroine characters engage constructions of motherhood, womanhood, femininity, and selfhood as mediated by the structures that socially prescribe boundaries of gender, sex, and sexuality. Within this collection, scholars of literary, cultural, media, and gender studies address the complications of representing agency, autonomy, and self-determination within narrative texts complicated by age, class, race, sexuality, and a spectrum of privilege that reflects the complexities of scripting women on and off screen, within and beyond the page. This collection offers perspectives on the alternate narratives engendered through the motivations, actions, and agendas of the antiheroine, while engaging with the discourses of how such narratives are employed both as potentially feminist interventions and critiques of access, hierarchy, and power.
American Popular Culture | Arts and Humanities | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Film and Media Studies | Other Film and Media Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Women's Studies
Waites, Kathleen J.. (2020). Chapter 7: Killing Eve and the Necessity of the Female Villain du Jour. In Melanie Haas, N.A. Pierce, and Gretchen Busl (Eds.), Antiheroines of Contemporary Media: Saints, Sinners, and Survivors .