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The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture$
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Elyce Rae Helford, Shiloh Carroll, Sarah Gray, and Michael R. II Howard

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496808714

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496808714.001.0001

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date: 19 December 2018

“Don’t Underestimate Her Ability to Talk, It’s Her Superpower”: Epistemic Negotiation and the Power of Community in Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville Series

“Don’t Underestimate Her Ability to Talk, It’s Her Superpower”: Epistemic Negotiation and the Power of Community in Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville Series

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(p.119) “Don’t Underestimate Her Ability to Talk, It’s Her Superpower”: Epistemic Negotiation and the Power of Community in Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville Series
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The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture
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Rhonda Nicol

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496808714.003.0007

Rhonda Nicol’s “‘Don’t Underestimate Her Ability to Talk, it’s Her Superpower’: Epistemic Negotiation and the Power of Community in Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville Series” interrogates the action heroine of the urban fantasy genre. By contrast to most authors of the genre, Carrie Vaughn, posits Nicol, highlights her protagonist’s interpersonal skills and community-building abilities, making them equal in value to physical power. The series thus posits a heroine easily identifiable to female urban fantasy readers while she questions the value of toughness for female empowerment.

Keywords:   Kitty Norville, Urban Fantasy, Action Heroine, Toughness, Community

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