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The self between two worlds : cultural authenticity in Melina Marchetta’s Looking for Alibrandi and Saving Francesca Tassiopoulos, Vasiliki


This thesis examines cultural authenticity as it relates to the teen protagonists in two young adult novels, Looking for Alibrandi and Saving Francesca, by Melina Marchetta. Cultural authenticity will be assessed and applied to the analysis of the novels with the consideration that cultural authenticity is achieved in fictional works for young readers when characters’ identities display a sense of cultural hybridity. The analysis of cultural authenticity is informed by theorists in cultural studies and studies in teacher education, which outline the negotiation of a cultural hybrid identity and a multicultural identity in multicultural postcolonial nations.

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