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Wonder Woman:Transformation, Place and the Body

A discursive study of the ways culture, society and history influence the representations of the body in the comics and media. Wonder Woman is one of the three major superheroes in DC Comics, and possibly the most recognizable of any female costumed hero. But she has not been successfully adapted on film and most people would recognize her from the 1970s television series starring Linda Carter. Yet Wonder Woman has a rich history from her conception by Charles Moulton in 1941 as an Amazon warrior maiden to her present incarnation as a violent uber-femme. In this book I analyse how the body in popular culture has evolved in the past seventy-one years from the influences on male and female bodies in the comics.