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Posthumanism in Young Adult FictionFinding Humanity in a Posthuman World$
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Anita Tarr and Donna R. White

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496816696

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496816696.001.0001

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The Adolescent Posthuman

The Adolescent Posthuman

Reimagining Body Image and Identity in Marissa Meyer’s Cinder and Julianna Baggott’s Pure

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(p.75) 4 The Adolescent Posthuman
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Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction
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Ferne Merrylees

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496816696.003.0004

Ferne Merrylees analyzes Julianna Baggott’s Pure and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, concluding that both protagonists must accept their posthuman bodies, being organic and inorganic hybrids. Once Pressia and Cinder learn that embracing their Otherness makes them strong, they can move more freely in their dystopian worlds. Both novels narrate the ideological tensions between transhumanism and bioconservatism, as played out in the changing subjectivities of Pressia and Cinder. Neither position is privileged, as both stories illustrate how “technology is considered both the curse and the cure.” The struggles of Pressia and Cinder serve as analogues to 21st century adolescent anxieties regarding body image.

Keywords:   Julianna Baggott, Marissa Meyer, Body image, Hybridity, Adolescent posthuman

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