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Hardboiled and High Heeled


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Chapter One: Watching the Women Detectives Chapter Two: Grafton and Cornwell: Picturing the Best-seller List Chapter Three: Jiggle, Camp, and Couples: 1960s-1980s Prime-Time Woman Investigators Chapter Four: Under Suspicion: Women and Mystery in 1990s Television Chapter Five: Woman Detectives on Film: First Take . Chapter Six: Action Bodies :Women Detective Movies, 1995-2000 Chapter Seven: Clarice and her Fans: The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal Endnotes

About the Author

Linda Mizejewski is Professor of English and Chair of the Women's Studies Department at Ohio State University. She is author of Ziegfeld Girl: Image and Icon in Culture and Cinema and Divine Decadence: Fascism, Female Spectacle, and the Makings of Sally Bowles. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.


In Hardboiled & High Heeled: The Woman Detective in Popular Culture, Linda Mizejewski (Ziegfeld Girl: Image and Icon in Culture and Cinema) examines the often ambiguous role of the female investigator in crime fiction, TV and film. Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs and Jodie Foster's portrayal of Clarice Starling receive special emphasis in this lively feminist study. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"This intellectually rigorous history dishes out the bad with the good."
"[S]timulating, well-written, and well argued."
"A light-hearted, accessible feminist account of the female detective....The central argument of this book is that the 'female dick'--as her very name suggests--is a profoundly unnatural figure whose very existence challenges the conventions of genre and gender."
-Rachel Adams, author of "Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination
"Witty, thorough, and smart, Hardboiled and High Heeled is that rare thing in feminist cultural studies--an exploration of fans' pleasures in fiction, film, and television that is itself a pleasure to read."
-Lisa Maria Hogeland, author of "Feminism and Its Fictions
"Weaving together film, popular fiction, and television, "Hardboiled and High Heeled reveals the power and significance of the female investigator within popular culture. Passionate, eloquent, and intelligent, Mizejewski's study is exemplary feminist scholarship."
-Yvonne Tasker, University of East Anglia

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