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Goddesses and Monsters: Women, Myth, Power, and Popular Culture

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The essays in Goddesses and Monsters recognize popular culture as a primary repository of ancient mythic energies, images, narratives, personalities, icons, and archetypes. Together, they take on the patriarchal myth, where serial killers are heroes, where goddesses—in the form of great white sharks, femmes fatales, and aliens—are ritually slaughtered, and where pornograph ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Popular Press 3 (first published April 15th 2004)
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This book has a great title--however, it doesn't really describe what I read in the book. If it did, the title would be something like "Why American popular culture is so fucking messed up because of white male hegemony" because that's what it feels like. The tone was sometimes nonsensical, sometimes borderline offensive, most of the time I was rolling my eyes and going, "really?" There isn't much analysis of myth at all--or history, before the sexual revolution. Actually, the culture Caputi ref ...more
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Aug 08, 2012 Micah Moore is currently reading it
I am reading this concurrently with A Mind of Its Own: A Cultural History of the Penis.
Very interesting juxtaposition.
A lot of original ideas, but some were too far-fetched for me personally.
Some interesting stuff, but doesn't quite live up to the intriguing title.
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