‘Oh, no, baby, no. You’re not going to die. They are.’: Female action protagonists in Aliens (1986), The long kiss goodnight (1996), and The hunger games (2012)

Jennings, Nicole (2016) ‘Oh, no, baby, no. You’re not going to die. They are.’: Female action protagonists in Aliens (1986), The long kiss goodnight (1996), and The hunger games (2012). BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation will focus on depictions of female protagonists within the action genre film across the past 30 years. The argument centres on how heteronormative femininity is constructed in cinema through the recurring theme of the maternal in a genre traditionally associated with males and masculinity. Cinematic representations frequently use specific codes of gendering to construct an acceptable heterosexual female protagonist. To understand the argument fully, a textual analysis of three separate cases studies; Aliens (Cameron, 1986), The Long Kiss Goodnight (Harlin, 1996) and The Hunger Games (Ross, 2012), alongside academic theory, will guide a discussion of the development on the female protagonists integration in the action genre since the 1980s. The female protagonist from each film provides scope to explore this development. As a result, a clear understanding of approaches and attitudes towards the issue will unfold. The dissertation will argue how, in a time of apparent gender equality, it still seems that within Hollywood depicting heteronormative femininity is essential to construct a female protagonist whom can be both accepted and admired by the audience.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2016 13:01
    Last Modified: 11 Nov 2016 13:01
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22657

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