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Gender in young adult literature : Harry Potter and The Hunger Games Riddell, Sarah Colleen


This thesis explores the role of gender in contemporary adolescent literature through the examination of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, with particular focus on protagonists Katniss Everdeen and Hermione Granger. It examines the ways in which adolescents relate to these novels through the lens of gender dynamics and shows how these novels subscribe to traditional gender roles even while presumably attempting to subvert them. Finally, it reviews young adults' reading motivations and attitudes toward gender, and contemplates the pedagogical implications these findings may have for English Language Arts teachers.

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