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Biopics of Women

1st Edition

By Karen Hollinger


184 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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This book is an accessible overview of biographical fiction films of women. Structured around four of the most popular subjects of female biopics: queens and political figures; entertainers, writers; and subjects of current affairs.

While the biopic is commonly accepted as a deeply conservative cinematic form that represents glorification of the past and of the self-made individual, a number of biopics of women challenge all of these characterizations. They show the genre to be much more complicated and challenging to regressive ideas than has been proposed, and open to different formats and thematic possibilities. Providing an overview of key subgenres complemented by analyses of key texts that illustrate major aspects of each category, Biopics of Women examines the development of biographical films in each area and the images of successful women they project in order to investigate the issues involved in women’s representation in the genre as a whole.

This is a lively and readable text for students and scholars in Gender and Film, Gender and Media and Women’s Studies.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Biopic History and the Issue of Gender

Chapter 2: Theoretical Approaches to the Biopic

Chapter 3: Queens I: The Elizabeth I Films

Chapter 4: Queens II: Elizabeth Is Not the Only Queen

Chapter 5: Entertainers

Chapter 6: Ripped from the Headlines

Chapter 7: Writer Biopics

Chapter 8: Conclusion

Selected Bibliography

About the Author

Karen Hollinger is Professor of Film Studies and Women and Gender Studies at Georgia Southern University

About the Series

"International Perspectives on Science, Culture and Society"

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies