Furious Feminisms

Alternate Routes on Mad Max: Fury Road

by Alexis L. BoylanAnna Mae DuaneMichael GillBarbara Gurr

While both fans and foes point to Mad Max: Fury Road’s feminist credentials, Furious Feminisms asks: is there really anything feminist or radical happening on the screen? The four authors—from backgrounds in art history, American literature, disability studies, and sociology—ask what is possible, desirable, or damaging in theorizing feminism in the contested landscape of the twenty-first century.

Background photo by Ataylia Rattenbury on Unsplash.

About the Authors

Alexis L. Boylan is director of academic affairs at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute and associate professor in the Art and Art History Department and the Africana Studies Institute. She is the author of Ashcan Art, Whiteness, and the Unspectacular Man and editor of Thomas Kinkade: The Artist in the Mall.

Anna Mae Duane is associate professor of English at the University of Connecticut. Her latest book is Educated for Freedom: The Incredible Story of Two Fugitive Schoolboys who Grew Up to Change a Nation. Her edited collections include The Children’s Table: Childhood Studies and the Humanities, Child Slavery before and after Emancipation: An Argument for Child-Centered Slavery Studies, and Who Writes for Black Children? African American Children’s Literature before 1900, coedited with Kate Capshaw (Minnesota, 2017).

Michael Gill is associate professor of disability studies at Syracuse University. He is the author of Already Doing It: Intellectual Disability and Sexual Agency (Minnesota, 2015). He coedited (with Cathy Schlund-Vials) Disability, Human Rights and the Limits of Humanitarianism.

Barbara Gurr is associate professor in the women’s, gender, and sexuality studies program at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of Reproductive Justice: The Politics of Health Care for Native American Women and editor of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Post-Apocalyptic TV and Film.

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