Lara Croft by Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky
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Lara Croft
By Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky

Lara Croft

Cyber Heroine

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Translated by Dominic J. Bonfiglio See other recent books by Dominic J. Bonfiglio
Foreword by Sue-Ellen Case See other recent books by Sue-Ellen Case
Format: Hardback

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Lara Croft by Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky

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Since the game Tomb Raider was first released in 1996, its protagonist Lara Croft has become an international celebrity. The virtual archaeologist-adventuress has been featured in various sequels to the original game, a line of action figures, two Hollywood films starring Angelina Jolie, forty comic books, a series of novels, and a variety of clothing, merchandise, and ephemera. She has appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek, spawned innumerable Internet fan sites and a library of adulatory fan fiction, become a pornographic sex symbol, and even inspired a look-alike beauty pageant. Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky's groundbreaking study examines Lara Croft as a cyber heroine - a female body ubiquitously inhabited by game players, an icon of both female strength and male objectification, and the virtual future of fame. Despite Croft's prominence there have been few critical inquiries into her bridging of the boundary between virtual and real worlds or the extent to which she reflects and influences the image of women in digital media. First published in German and revised for this English-language edition, this book is an innovative analysis of the multimedia heroine, tracing the top-down marketing strategies and bottom-up frenzy that precipitated the Lara Croft phenomenon. For girls and women, Croft is a symbol of empowerment, a tough and self-assured riot grrl who has opened up the overwhelmingly masculinized world of computer gaming to female participants. At the same time, she personifies both heterosexual male fantasies and the twinned processes of globalization and cultural imperialism. Drawing on feminist and cultural studies, Deuber-Mankowsky sees Croft as symptomatic of the new media environment and its tendency to erase all qualitative difference, even sexual difference.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780816643905
ISBN-10: 0816643903
Format: Hardback
(178mm x 121mm x 12mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 2-May-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky

Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky is professor of media studies at Ruhr University Bochum. Dominic J. Bonfiglio is a freelance translator living in Berlin. Sue-Ellen Case is professor of critical studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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