Date of Award
Master of Arts
Lorinda B Cohoon
The novels Twilight and New Moon, written by Stephenie Meyer, present a barrier in media portrayal of feminist movements. Through the power of media, patriarchal dominated societies continue the reinforcement of maintaining women as figures of ownership. Examining Meyer’s characters, writing, and plot devices decode the underlying patriarchal ideals being pressed upon adolescent readers. Media influence upon society is a powerful means to promote the romanticizing of anti-feminist works, such as Twilight and New Moon. Understanding what comprises these characters as anti-feminist is crucial to understanding their influence upon society, and reveals the unknowing compliance many female adolescents perceive and idolize. Meyer’s protagonists demonstrate patriarchal behaviorisms that are to be accepted as normal. Creating a hollow character depicting normalcy is the main tool utilized by Meyer to romanticize the negativity of male domination over female figures. By researching the textual evidence in Twilight and New Moon through the ideology of feminist theorists, such as Simone de Beauvoir, readers can concur that these novels are promoting patriarchal views.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Dockery, Emily Alexis, "Anti-Feminism in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight and New Moon" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 182.