Dangerous Curves: Action Heroines, Gender, Fetishism, and Popular Culture by Jeffrey A. Brown has been named an Outstanding Academic Title list by CHOICE.
Dangerous Curves adresses the conflicted meanings associated with the figure of the action heroine as she has evolved in various media forms since the late 1980s. Brown interprets the action heroine as a representation of changing gender dynamics that balances the sexual objectification of women with progressive models of female strength.
Several popular media representations are discussed in the book including female charters in the films G.I. Jane, Point of No Return, Kill Bill, Tomb Raider and television shows Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Charlie’s Angels Xena: Warrior Princess and many others.
Books chosen to this list have been selected for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as important--often the first--treatment of their subject. Choice Outstanding Academic Titles are truly the "best of the best.