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Red Light - Superheroes, Saints, and Sluts

Red Light

Superheroes, Saints, and Sluts

Edited by Anna Camilleri
Categories: Anthologies, Women's Literature
Paperback : 9781551521848, 192 pages, 2005
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The female as represented in western popular culture has been a timeless yet culturally unstable image, construed and contested by men and women alike. Red Light is an anthology of essays, stories, and visual materials that identifies and deconstructs female icons, past and present, and re-imagines them for the twenty-first century.

For Anna, the red light is a beacon, a warning signal that declares the incendiary power of women; the icons found in this book are red lights as well: Wonder Woman, Amelia Earhart, the Virgin Mary, Jayne Mansfield, Florence Nightingale, Aileen Wuornos, Belle Starr, Foxy Brown, the Avon Lady, and many more. Further, the categories these icons fall into--superheroes, saints, and sluts--are reconfigured and redeemed by their portrayers.

Alternately fiery, sexy, angry, and eloquent, the works in this book cast these powerful, conflicted women in the (red) light of a new day.

Writers and artists include: Sandra Alland, Karen Augustine, Rima Banerji, Darryl Berger, Michelle Boudreau, Sharon Bridgforth, Alec Butler, Dani Couture, Rose Cullis, Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, Lisa Foad, Daphne Gottlieb, Lori Hahnel, Linda Dawn Hammond, McKinley M. Hellenes, JP Hornick, Susan Justin, Collin Kelley, Jennifer Linton, Suzy Malik, Michelle Mach, Jessica Melusine, Lenelle Moise, Allison Moore, Barbara Jane Reyes, Tariq Sami, Sara Seinberg, Bren Simmers, Dalbir Singh, Beth Steidle, Eva Tihanyi, and Zoe Whittall.
Finalist, Lambda Literary Award


  • Short-listed, Lambda Literary Award 2006
  • Short-listed, Independent Publishers Awards - Women's Issues 2006


Red Light: Superheroes, Saints, and Sluts, like all of Camilleri's books, is a brave and bold and in-your-face, a brazen mix of passionate intelligence and striking sexuality with the power to stir one's inner rebel.

- Joy Parks

... stunning visual volume. ... Doesn't feel like your average feminist collection but more like being in a room full of vibrant souls.
-Vancouver Review

- Vancouver Review