The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature, Vol 10, No 1 (2006)

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Transgendered Magic: The Radical Performance of the Young Wizard in YA Literature

Jes Battis

Abstract


This article is an important addition to scholarship about magic in children's and young adult fantasy fiction. Jes Battis argues that the performance of magic is an interstitial space that simultaneously reinforces gender norms and allows characters to transgress those norms. His ideas, combined with earlier explorations about the roles magic plays in protagonists' coming of age journeys and with subjectivity and identity in fantasy fiction, should provoke thought among speculative fiction scholars.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

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