Jones, Dudley and Tony Watkins, eds. A Necessary Fantasy?: The Heroic Figure in Children's Popular Culture. (Garland reference library of the humanities; v. 1873 - Children's literature and culture; v. 18.) New York and London: Garland, 2000. 410pp. ISBN 0-8153-1844-8 (hc).
Series Editor's Foreword [- Jack Zipes] ... ix
Introduction - Dudley Jone and Tony Watkins ... 1
Strange Pilgrimages: Cinderella Was a Trickster--and Other Unorthodoxies of American and African-American Heroic Folk Figures - Nina Mikkelsen ... 21
Rides of Passage: Female Heroes in Pony Stories - Alison Haymonds ... 51
Girls' Own Stories: Good Citizenship and Girls in British Postwar Popular Culture - Deborah Philips ... 73
More Than Crime on Her Mind: Nancy Drew as Woman Hero - Linda K. Christian-Smith ... 87
Reconstructing Robin Hood: Ideology, Popular Film, and Television - Dudley Jones ... 111
Biggles--Hero of the Air - Dennis Butts ... 137
Piloting the Nation: Dan Dare and the 1950s - Tony Watkins ... 153
Golden Boys and Golden Memories: Fiction, Ideology, and Reality in Roy of the Rovers and the Death of the Hero - Alan Tomlinson and Christopher Young ... 177
Heroines of the Empire: British Imperialism and the Reproduction of Femininity in Girls' Fiction, 1900-1930 - J. S. Bratton ... 207
"Get Ready for Action!" Reading Action Man Toys - Jonathan Bignell ... 231
Spider-Man: An Enduring Legend - C. M. Stephens ... 251
Children and Popular Culture: The Case of Turtle Power - David Lusted ... 267
Peter Pan: Flawed of Fledgling "Hero"? - Chris Routh ... 291
Dahl, The Marvelous Boy - Catriona Nicholson ... 309
Visionary Children and Child-like Heroes: Steven Spielberg's "Primal Sympathy" - Douglas Brode ... 327
Unbronzing the Aussie: Heroes and SNAGs in Fiction and Television for Adolescents - Robyn McCallum and John Stephens ... 343
Producing the National Imaginary: Doctor Who, Text, and Genre - John Tulloch ... 363
Contributors ... 395
Index ... 397
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