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Title: Twilight of the Grrrls: Stephenie Meyer’s Rehash of the Feminine Mystique
Authors: Casarini, Alice
Keywords: Twilight (Saga)Stephenie MeyerFeminine mystiqueFemale submissionFemale agencygender studies
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Alice Casarini "Twilight of the Grrrls: Stephenie Meyer’s Rehash of the Feminine Mystique"
Abstract: In spite of the abundance of powerful female leads in recent media productions, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga (2005-2008) signaled a relapse into the ideology of the feminine mystique, famously addressed in Betty Friedan's eponymous volume (1963). By analyzing Meyer's portrayal of protagonist Bella Swan's utter lack of agency, this paper explores the ways in which the saga rehashes and perpetuates an age-old Weltanschauung in which women find their natural self-fulfillment through marriage and motherhood, using the generic conventions of supernatural romance to reinforce beliefs based on female submission, on what Jessica Valenti defines as The Purity Myth (2009) and on America's post-9/11 revival of the rhetoric of male heroism (Susan Faludi, The Terror Dream, 2007).
ISBN: 978-88-8303-689-7
eISBN: 978-88-8303-690-3
Appears in Collections:Discourses of Emancipation and the Boundaries of Freedom

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