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The Containment and Reincorporation of the Modern Film Amazon

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Title: The Containment and Reincorporation of the Modern Film Amazon
Authors: Amparo, Geraldine
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: For thousands of years, the concept of strong, powerful women has fascinated men and women alike. The myth of the Amazons, women of Classical Greece who defied the patriarchy, can be found to this day in descriptions of muscular female athletes. The idea of powerful women still plays a large role in today's society, from advertising (DKNY's recent campaign presenting a woman running for president) to B movies (Amazons on the Moon). In a recent copy of the fashion magazine Mirabella, an article entitled "The Myth of the Tough Dame" by Mary Gordon presents older examples of the "tough dame" (Katharine Hepburn, Simone de Beauvoir, Lillian Hellman) along with more recent manifestations (Madonna, Linda Hamilton as Terminator 2's Sarah Conner). Tough dames, Gordon writes, are usually alone, and "[n]one of these women is identified as part of a couple--at least for very long" (108). These "tough dames" may represent a modern remaking of the Amazon, but a look back at the Classical myth reveals a clearer understanding of the Amazon archetype.
Pages/Duration: 59 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/31621
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