How to be a Woman: Models of Masochism and Sacrifice in Young Adult Fiction

Christine Jarvis

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Buffy, Bella, Veronica, Katniss, Clary, Tris and Saba:1 For two decades post-feminist heroines have faced life-threatening trials as part of their progress to womanhood. In this chapter I consider how young adult popular fictions operate as forms of pedagogy for young women by offering them particular models of maturity and womanhood. I explore the recurrence and reformulation of a persistent pattern of behaviour in which heroines engage in risky and/or masochistic behaviours for which they are often emotionally rewarded.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPopular culture as pedagogy
Subtitle of host publicationResearch in the field of adult education
EditorsKaela Jubas, Nancy Taber, Tony Brown
Place of PublicationRotterdam
PublisherSense Publishers
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9789463002745
ISBN (Print)9789463002721, 9789463002738
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015

Publication series

NameTransgressions: Cultural Studies and Education
PublisherSense Publishers

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