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Cultural and Historical Perspectives: Amy Bishop

In a recent first-year composition course, we explored representations of significant local and national events across diverse media: blogs, digital videos, digital photographs, print newspapers, magazines, Twitter, discussion boards. Our goal was to dis

Brent Simoneaux

on 8 April 2011

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Transcript of Cultural and Historical Perspectives: Amy Bishop

A woman committed mass murder." "Something unusual happened in Alabama Friday afternoon. Female violence and art hasn't caught up. is a result of women in the workplace The exculpatory parables of empowerment, anchored in feminist ideology. "The real aggressors are the men who mistreat them and objectify them." And then there's the femmes fatales Female performace artists "The most useful "In all of them glosses on Dr. Bishop may come from the world of popular, even pulpish, art." the hypothetical notion of empowerment gives way to the exercise of literal power." ? How about Hedda Gabler? An article about a female murderess, with no mention of Medea of Clytemnestra? ...the Great Goddess has always had a dark side: Durga. ...think about our Amy: what would Shakespeare do with her? ...the witch in "Snow White" and that Nasty sea-creature lady in "Little Mermaid"? Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman dramatized Squeaky Fromme and Sara Jane Moore in their musical ASSASSINS. ...How about Aileen Wuorsos, Kathy Bates in "Misery"... Or how about Artemis, Electra, or even Eris? I wonder if John Waters' 1994 movie Serial Mom, comes close as anything to anticipate Amy Bishop. Or, if we're talking about the 'Western Literary Tradition": Madea And didn't Chicago win six Oscars back in 2002? Lady Macbeth is the bloodthirsty sociopath in Macbeth.
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