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Scholars Day: April 9, 2014


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The Evolving Heroine: Female Protagonists in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", "The Golden Compass", and "The Hunger Games"

The form, style and purpose of female characters and heroines in fantasy and science fiction novels have evolved greatly since the start of “modern” fantasy literature. "The Evolving Heroine" examines the evolution of female characters in the fantasy and science fiction genre beginning with C.S. Lewis’ "The Chronicles of Narnia", Phillip Pullman’s "His Dark Materials" series, particularly in "The Golden Compass" and Suzanne Collins’ "The Hunger Games". The question this paper is most concerned with is the representation of women in fantasy, particularly with their capabilities and agency. Has the genre evolved enough to let female characters stand on their own? Do they become more than just props for their male counterparts? By close reading and supplemental study, this paper intends to show how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.


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Presenter: Julie Dyrda (Graduate Student)
Topic: English
Location: 219 Hartwell
Time: 1:55 pm Session III