Professor Yeidy Rivero recently published the essay “La reina del sur: Teresa Mendoza, a New Telenovela Protagonist" in Television Anti-Heroines: Women Behaving Badly in Crime and Prison Drama (Buonanno, Milly, ed. London: Intellect Ltd, 2017). Professor Amanda Lotz also published an essay in this anthology: "Really Bad Mothers: Manipulative Matriarchs in Sons of Anarchy and Justified."
As television has finally started to create more leading roles for women, the female antiheroine has emerged as a compelling and dynamic character type. Television Antiheroines looks closely at this recent development, exploring the emergence of women characters in roles typically reserved for men, particularly in the male-dominated genre of the crime and prison drama. The essays collected in Television Antiheroines are divided into four sections or types of characters: mafia women, drug dealers and aberrant mothers, women in prison, and villainesses.