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Katniss' fluid identities : gender performance and media influence in the Hunger Games trilogy Loo, Roberta Helen


This study examines the representation of gender performativity through the influence of reality television in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. Using Judith Butler’s theory of gender performativity and media and communication theories to construct my critical framework, this study examines the development of the protagonist Katniss Everdeen’s performance over the course of the trilogy. For each novel, this research explores a specific role Katniss is assigned and how the role is influenced by gender interpretation and the presence of cameras. The study examines how Katniss’ performance and interpretation of gender change with each role. Additionally, the concept of liminality, or the ambiguous space of transition, is explored with regards to how Katniss navigates her way between performance and reality. This trilogy satirizes contemporary culture’s obsession with reality television, and this study provides an understanding of how performativity plays a significant role in our everyday lives.

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