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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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“Those Maps Would Have to Change”

“Those Maps Would Have to Change”

Remapping the Borderlines of the Posthuman Body in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy

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Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction

Maryna Matlock

University Press of Mississippi

Using feminist theories, Maryna Matlock examines Leigh Bardugo’s Tsarpunk trilogy that lays bare the binaries between humanism and posthumanism, anthropocentrism and feminist multiplicity. Cartographer Alina becomes a Sun Summoner, a hybrid being yoked with magical antlers that amplify her extra-human powers but also put her under the control of the enigmatic, seductive Darkling. Matlock shows how Alina joins other female characters who resist humanist hegemony by means of self-aware gender performance. The border wars play out on land as well as on the bodies of these characters who embrace posthuman possibilities.

Keywords:   Leigh Bardugo, Hybridity, Feminism, Border wars, Gender performance

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