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Leah Phillips

Bio: Leah Phillips is an academic researcher from University of Warwick. The author has contributed to research in topics: Popular culture & Fantasy. The author has an hindex of 2, co-authored 4 publications receiving 27 citations.

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01 Apr 2016
TL;DR: In this paper, a study of the heroic, female bodies available in Tamora Pierce's Tortall books (1983-2011) and Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles (2012-2015) demonstrates how mythopoeic YA fantasy contests the dominant, hegemonic narratives of female adolescence.
Abstract: Through a reading of the heroic, female bodies available in Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books (1983–2011) and Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles (2012–2015), this thesis demonstrates how mythopoeic YA fantasy contests the dominant, hegemonic narratives of female adolescence. Owing to the system of binary oppositions structuring this space, the adolescent girl is offered— through the heavily stylised and always-edited images of popular and media culture—a very narrow and limited means of becoming self, one insisting on a discourse of self-through-appearance at the expense of the body’s fleshiness. Demonstrating a creationary or world-building mind-set, this vein of speculative fiction offers a sub or counter-cultural space in which alternative frameworks of living and being an adolescent female body are possible. Through the sometimes-fantastical transformations of the body in Pierce and Meyer’s fantasy, this thesis engages liminality, focusing on the adolescent (between child/adult), the body (between self/other), and young adult literature (YAL) (between children’s/adult literature). Drawing from a variety of fields: YAL and feminist theory, studies of myth and folklore as well as popular culture and cultural anthropology, this thesis speaks to and from the places between oppositions, and does so in order to refuse the individuality and isolation required by hegemonic models, while also offering a re-mapping of the body’s curves and contours, one that takes “lumps,” “bumps,” and “scars” into account. To counter the dominant framework of adolescence, this thesis concludes by offering, through a metaphor of “the Pack,” a model of interdependency and relation. Formed by repetition and connection, this model frustrates the economy of opposition, while also taking into account the body’s raised and irregular surfaces and demonstrating how individuals may be “scored into uniqueness” through relationality.

24 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors explore how mythopoeic Young Adult (YA) fantasy offers examples of living and being an adolescent female body that challenge the dominant, hegemonic discourses dictating the adolescent girl's appearance in the West's imagesaturated culture.
Abstract: In this article I explore how mythopoeic Young Adult (YA) fantasy offers examples of living and being an adolescent female body that challenge the dominant, hegemonic discourses dictating the adolescent girl's appearance in the West's imagesaturated culture. I begin by establishing the features of mythopoeic YA fantasy, before looking at Daine in Tamora Pierce's Immortals quartet and Cinder(ella) in Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles. Daine's shape-shifting body and Cinder's cybernetic one offer bodily change as an integral part of the (adolescent female) body, as opposed to the fixed perfection required by the fantasy femininity on offer in popular culture, including print, televisual, and social media. Employing a reading of touch in order to explore the multiplicity that is available on, and through, these bodies, I question the representational economy dominating the hegemonic discursive construction of the adolescent girl.

3 citations

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TL;DR: The tween is a prepubescent, likely between the ages of 9 and 14, or consumer demographic as discussed by the authors, who has been growing increasingly visible in Western popular culture, and for definition it would be easy to say "prepubescent" or "consumer demographic".
Abstract: The tween—and for definition it would be “easy” to say “prepubescent, likely between the ages of 9 and 14” or “consumer demographic”—has been growing increasingly visible in Western popular culture...

2 citations

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24 May 2017
TL;DR: In this paper, the author explores how, upon a close reading of the narration of two particular moments of change, or "transcendence" within that journey, the necessary structure collapses.
Abstract: Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books appear to be about the traditionally construed hero’s journey, though with a female hero rather than the conventional male. Superficially, this change seems insignificant: the “monomyth” is reproduced. Founded upon binary oppositions, this monomyth is the male hero’s journey – the traditional journey. However, while these female heroes may appear to conform, this paper explores how, upon a close reading of the narration of two particular moments of change, or “transcendence”, within that journey, the necessary structure collapses. The journey, as is traditionally conceived, is impossible. The first instance works to construct the apparently stable body as changeable, through the narration of shape-shifting. Through this reading, the obviousness of the body (and of identity) is explored and troubled. The second instance works, through the narration of transition into a womanhood, to question the individuality of the body. The body is again produced as changeable, but this transition works to expand readings beyond individual subjectivity to construct the body as operating within a collective. While collapsing traditional conceptions of myth, these readings also work to reposition and rearticulate the female body outside of myth’s masculine discourse, allowing a reinterpretation of that body in terms of the feminine.

2 citations


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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors describe how people download the growth of logical thinking from childhood to adolescence, but end up in malicious downloads, rather than enjoying a good book with a cup of coffee in the afternoon, instead they cope with some harmful virus inside their laptop.
Abstract: Thank you for downloading the growth of logical thinking from childhood to adolescence. Maybe you have knowledge that, people have look numerous times for their chosen books like this the growth of logical thinking from childhood to adolescence, but end up in malicious downloads. Rather than enjoying a good book with a cup of coffee in the afternoon, instead they cope with some harmful virus inside their laptop.

862 citations

01 Jan 2016
TL;DR: The Holy and the profane nature of religion is available in our book collection as discussed by the authors, and an online access to it is set as public so you can get it instantly so that the most less latency time to download any of our books like this one.
Abstract: the sacred and the profane the nature of religion is available in our book collection an online access to it is set as public so you can get it instantly. Our digital library spans in multiple countries, allowing you to get the most less latency time to download any of our books like this one. Merely said, the the sacred and the profane the nature of religion is universally compatible with any devices to read.

162 citations