Jessica Jones, Scarred Superhero (Paperback)

Essays on Gender, Trauma and Addiction in the Netflix Series

By Tim Rayborn (Editor), Abigail Keyes (Editor)

McFarland & Company, 9781476666846, 247pp.

Publication Date: March 19, 2018

List Price: 35.00*
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 Jessica Jones barged onto our screens in November 2015, courtesy of Marvel and Netflix, presenting a hard-drinking protagonist who wrestles with her own inner (and outer) demons. Gaining enhanced abilities as a teenager, she eschews the "super costume" and is far more concerned with the problems of daily life. But when Jessica falls under the control of a villain, her life changes forever. Based on the comic book Alias, the show won a large following and critical acclaim for its unflinching look at subjects like abuse, trauma, PTSD, rape culture, alcoholism, drug addiction, victims' plight and family conflicts. This collection of new essays offers insight into the show's complex themes and story lines.

About the Author

Tim Rayborn is a historian, medievalist, and musician, with a Ph.D. from the University of Leeds in England. He writes on history and on the arts, and lives in Berkeley, California. Abigail Keyes is a writer and researcher with a background in performance studies and wellness. She lives in Berkeley, California.