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Our Blessed Rebel Queen

Essays on Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia

Edited by Linda Mizejewski and Tanya D. Zuk

Performance Studies, Popular Culture, Gender, Media Studies

Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series

Printed Paper Cased
Available October 2021
ISBN: 9780814346853
Pages: 320 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 28 full-color images
Available October 2021
ISBN: 9780814346860
Pages: 320 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 28 full-color images
Available October 2021
ISBN: 9780814346877

Our Blessed Rebel Queen: Essays on Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia is the first full-length exploration of Carrie Fisher’s career as actress, writer, and advocate. Fisher’s entangled relationship with the iconic Princess Leia is a focal point of this volume. Editors Linda Mizejewski and Tanya D. Zuk have assembled a collection that engages with the multiple interfaces between Fisher’s most famous character and her other life-giving work.

The contributors offer insights into Fisher as science-fiction idol, author, feminist inspiration, and Lucasfilm commodity. Jennifer M. Fogel examines the thorny "ownership" of Fisher’s image as a conflation of fan nostalgia, merchandise commodity, and eventually, feminist icon. Philipp Dominik Keidl looks at how Carrie Fisher and her iconic character are positioned within the male-centric history of Star Wars. Andrew Kemp-Wilcox researches the 2016 controversy over a virtual Princess Leia that emerged after Carrie Fisher’s death. Tanya D. Zuk investigates the use of Princess Leia and Carrie images during the Women’s March as memetic reconfigurations of historical propaganda to leverage political and fannish ideological positions. Linda Mizejewski explores Carrie Fisher’s autobiographical writing, while Ken Feil takes a look at Fisher’s playful blurring of truth and fiction in her screenplays. Kristen Anderson Wagner identifies Fisher’s use of humor and anger to challenge public expectations for older actresses. Cynthia Hoffner and Sejung Park highlight Fisher’s mental health advocacy, and Slade Kinnecott personalizes how Fisher’s candidness and guidance about mental health were especially cherished by those who lacked a support system in their own lives.

Our Blessed Rebel Queen is distinct in its interdisciplinary approach, drawing from a variety of methodologies and theoretical frameworks. Longtime fans of Carrie Fisher and her body of work will welcome this smart and thoughtful tribute to a multimedia legend.

Linda Mizejewski is an Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. Her books include Pretty/ Funny: Women’s Comedy and Body Politics and Hysterical!: Women in American Comedy, coedited with Victoria Sturtevant.

Tanya D. Zuk is completing her Ph.D. at Georgia State University in moving image studies, where her research has focused on canonical collaborative authorship in alternative queer media audiences. Her work has been published in Transformative Works and Cultures, the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, and In Media Res, where she was managing editor in 2019.

Contributors Include:
Ken Feil, Jennifer M. Fogel, Cynthia A. Hoffner, Maghan Molloy Jackson, Philipp Dominik Keidl, Andrew Kemp-Wilcox, Slade Kinnecott, Linda Mizejewski, Sejung Park, Kristen Anderson Wagner, Tanya D. Zuk