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Men Who Hate Women and Women Who Kick Their Asses
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Stieg Larsson was an unabashed feminist in his personal and professional life and in the fictional world he created, but The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest are full of graphic depictions of violence against women, including stalking, sexual harassment, child abuse, rape, incest, serial murder, sexual slavery, and sex trafficking, committed by vile individual men and by corrupt, secretive institutions. How do readers and moviegoers react to these depictions, and what do they make of the women who fight back, the complex masculinities in the trilogy, and the ambiguous gender of the elusive Lisbeth Salander?

These lively and accessible essays expand the conversation in the blogosphere about the novels and films by connecting the controversies about gender roles to social trends in the real world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. c-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. iii-vi
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xx
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  1. I. Misogyny and Mayhem
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Always Ambivalent: Why Media Is Never Just Entertainment
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. 2. Kick-Ass Feminism: Violence, Resistance, and Feminist Avengers in Larsson's Trilogy
  2. pp. 15-26
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  1. 3. Lisbeth Salander as "Final Girl" in the Swedish "Girl Who" Films
  2. pp. 27-31
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  1. 4. Accounts of Violence against Women: The Potential of Realistic Fiction
  2. pp. 32-38
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  1. 5. State Complicity in Men's Violence against Women
  2. pp. 39-50
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  1. II. Gender and Power in the New Millennium
  2. pp. 51-52
  1. 6. The Gender Ambiguity of Lisbeth Salander: Third-Wave Feminist Hero?
  2. pp. 53-64
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  1. 7. Third-Wave Rebels in a Second-Wave World: Polyamory, Gender, and Power
  2. pp. 65-76
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  1. 8. Men Who Love Women: Pro-feminist Masculinities in the Millennium Trilogy
  2. pp. 77-87
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  1. 9. Tiny, Tattooed, and Tough as Nails: Representations of Lisbeth Salander's Body
  2. pp. 88-97
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  1. 10. Hacker Republic: Cyberspace and the Feminist Appropriation of Technology
  2. pp. 98-107
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  1. 11. Is This What Equality Looks Like?: Working Women in the Millennium Trilogy
  2. pp. 108-120
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  1. III. Swedish Perspectives
  2. pp. 121-122
  1. 12. Corporations, the Welfare State, and Covert Misogyny in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  2. pp. 123-134
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  1. 13. Lisbeth Salander and Her Swedish Crime Fiction "Sisters": Stieg Larsson's Hero in a Genre Context
  2. pp. 135-144
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  1. 14. Is Mikael Blomkvist the Man of the Millennium?: A Swedish Perspective on Masculinity and Feminism in Larsson's Millennium Trilogy
  2. pp. 145-154
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  1. IV. Readers' Responses
  2. pp. 155-156
  1. 15. An Open Letter to the Next Stieg Larsson
  2. pp. 157-169
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  1. 16. Pippi and Lisbeth: Fictional Heroes across Generations
  2. pp. 170-180
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  1. 17. Feminist Bloggers Kick Larsson's Ass: Reading Resistance Online
  2. pp. 181-192
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  1. 18. Feminist Avenger or Male Fantasy?: Reading the Reception of the Millennium Trilogy
  2. pp. 193-202
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 203-206
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 207-212
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