Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

874

Date

2013

Date of Award

4-25-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

English

Concentration

Literature

Committee Chair

Lorinda Cohoon

Committee Member

Theron Britt

Committee Member

Charles Hall

Abstract

This study investigated the gender stereotypes that may or may not have been present in the portrayal of four female protagonists from the first novels of four different YA series and why young adult literature is such a marginalized literary genre. Bella Swan from Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, Clarissa Fray from Cassandra Claire's City of Bones, Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, and Beatrice Prior from Veronica Roth's Divergent were analyzed in order to see which protagonists embodied gender stereotypes and which were gender neutral. Texts and articles were also consulted to discover why, after its monumental growth and popularity, young adult literature is still such a marginalized literary genre. Reasons as to why young adult literature should be taken more seriously as were ways to become more gender equal and why we need young adult heroines who are more gender neutral were covered in the conclusion.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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