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Diverging the Popular, Gender and Trauma AKA The Jessica Jones Anthology

Edited by Mary Grace Lao, Pree Rehal, and Jessica Bay

$62.99 HC / $42.99 PB (S)

256 pages, 2 illustrations

6 x 9 inches

978-1-77385-573-8 (Hardback)

978-1-77385-574-5 (Paperback)

978-1-77385-576-9 (Institutional PDF)

978-1-77385-577-6 (ePub)

December 2024

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About the Book

A collection of critical discussions of the Netflix Marvel adaptation Jessica Jones.

Jessica Jones made her first Marvel Comics appearance in Alias #1, November 2001, and went on to star in three ongoing series. In 2015 the Netflix adaptation Jessica Jones premiered to positive reviews. Following the scarred and superpowered titular character as she struggled to run a private detective agency and face her past, the show ran for three seasons and received a Hugo Award, a Peabody Award, and a Creative Arts Emmy.

Diverging the Popular, Gender and Trauma AKA The Jessica Jones Anthology brings together a diverse group of scholars to explore the evolving depiction of the superheroine as embodied in both Jessica Jones and Jessica Jones. Contributors draw on trauma-informed study, lived experience, feminist approaches, cultural studies, and more to present multifaceted analyses. Specifically addressing survivorship, trauma, masculinities, and militarization, this book makes space for conversations that recognize the diverse, multi-layered narratives and complex, sometimes contradictory depictions presented by the show.

Taking Jessica Jones as part of an evolving depiction of the superheroine, this anthology focuses not only on the content of the television series but female superheroes more broadly. It recognizes and critically discusses gendered and racialized roles and spaces, the changing expectations of fans, and the places in which media industries and fans interact. Connecting Jessica Jones to the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe, this is a thoughtful and thorough study of a ground-breaking character and boundary-pushing show.

About the Editors

Mary Grace Lao studies media(ted) discourses of gender-based violence, constructions of girlhood, and intersections of race and class. She is co-author of Superfans and Evangelizers: Young People’s Creative Entanglements with Promotional Culture.

Pree Rehal is a Disabled, queer, trans, and non-binary interdisciplinary artist of Punjabi decent. They are the founder of CRIP COLLAB, the Crip Art Collective Working Group, and DigiZine, a zine making program for 2SQTBIPOC youth in Toronto.

Jessica Bay works at the intersection of media and fan studies, continuously exploring the ways in which industry and audience interact. Her work can be found in the collection Animal Heroes, Villains, and Others: The Narrative Functions of Strange and Familiar Creatures in Film and Television and has been published in The Journal of Fandom Studies, The National Post, and more.