By Robert A. Caplen

ISBN-10: 1453512810

ISBN-13: 9781453512814

The Bond woman is likely one of the such a lot well-known and celebrated cultural icons of the final fifty years. First brought in Ian Fleming's novels and brief tales, manufacturers Albert "Cubby" R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman breathed lifestyles into her cinematic manifestation starting with Dr. No in 1962. considering the fact that then, the realm has been occupied with the Bond woman.

Although she has been lauded by means of a few as a liberated girl and actual feminist archetype, the Bond woman has nearly escaped severe research . . . formerly. Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond analyzes the cinematic Bond lady and argues that the nature at first served as a special archetype: person who strengthened a conventional, female perfect that served as a robust reactionary image opposed to the gender equality circulation that won prominence within the usa in the course of the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies.

Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond offers a glimpse into "second wave" feminism, the Women's Liberation circulate, and cultural representations of ladies through the latter half the yankee 20th century via a Bondian lens. It strains the evolutionary trip of the cinematic Bond lady and assesses her cultural influence, revealing who she is and what she represents throughout the first 11 movies within the James Bond franchise, a seventeen-year interval defined because the Golden period of the Bond woman, and past.

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We never learn how she lost her first, human mother. Carter is very clearly drawing on Lacanian models of psychological development, an 6 7 issue I will explore in more detail when I discuss the significance of the mirror in Chapter 5. 22 Fairy Tales, Myth, and Psychoanalytic Theory The Duke is on the wrong side of the mirror but Wolf-Alice is fascinated by the object, and has not quite grasped the purely imitative, two-dimensional nature of the glass. She initially understands her reflection to be a playmate: “She rubbed her head against her reflected face, to show that she felt friendly towards it, and felt a cold, solid, immovable surface between herself and she” (225).

Motherhood is what makes Sethe decide she has to free herself from Sweet Home, the plantation on which she is a slave, as she realizes that her children’s future is slavery as well: “[The children] tagged after me the whole day … For now. For now” (197). Motherhood is a spur to action, a call to life, but it is also a great burden. Sethe knows that she can lose herself in motherhood, that at times she must lose herself in motherhood: “She was frightened by the thought of having a baby once more.

For the biological mother, such a network of women provides a resilient resource of aid and support. For the daughter, the othermothers may be even more important, for, as Rosalie Riegler Troester writes, not only do othermothers relieve the intensity of the mother-daughter relationship during times of great stress, such as adolescence, but “sometimes othermothers live different lives and exemplify values widely divergent from the biological mother. Othermothers provide a safety valve and sounding board and release the teenage girl from the confines of a single role model … And sometimes they give gifts mothers find hard to give” (163–4).

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