Review of Beyond Bombshells
Department of Writing and Communication
In his most recent publication, Beyond Bombshells: The New Action Heroine in Popular Culture, Jeffrey Brown explores the concept of the new action heroine through a multitude of identity markers claimed by—or projected upon—female action characters, including gender, sex (in terms of physiological difference), sexuality, and age. Brown's work, overall, can be described as occupying the intersection of the scholarship of comics studies and culture studies, which is an analytical framework that examines the values of a group of people by observing its rituals, symbols, structures, heroes, and villains through everyday practices. Cultural values can be observed as emanating from a top-down approach, where values are imposed upon people because certain practices are privileged by those in power. Alternatively, values can emerge from the bottom-up, by how people's attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors can be seen to reflect their values. Tension emerges when the values of the people and the values of the influential are at odds.
Scanlon, M. J. (2017). Review of Beyond Bombshells. ImageTexT, 9 (2) Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/shss_facarticles/785