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Buffy to Batgirl: Essays Examine Women's Roles in Science Fiction and Fantasy

September 25, 2019
Buffy to Batgirl book cover

The book aims to deepen understanding of the role of the heroine and gender in science fiction and fantasy.

Rutgers–Camden librarians Julie Still and Zara Wilkinson examine the roles of the heroine and gender in a new book of essays

Science fiction and fantasy have burst into the mainstream in recent years, with blockbusters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe setting box office records and series like Harry Potter spawning multimedia franchises worth billions of dollars. Despite this seemingly universal popularity, we often associate these genres only with male characters, creators, and fans.

Buffy to Batgirl: Essays on Female Power, Evolving Femininity and Gender Roles in Science Fiction and Fantasy, published this month by McFarland and edited by Rutgers–Camden librarians Julie Still and Zara Wilkinson, aims to deepen our understanding by examining the role of the heroine and of gender in science fiction and fantasy.

In recognition of National Comic Book Day, we spoke to Still and Wilkinson about what we stand to gain by broadening the discussion about women and gender in these increasingly popular genres.

Read the full interview on Rutgers Today.