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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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(p.97) 5 “Those Maps Would Have to Change”
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Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction
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Maryna Matlock

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496816696.003.0005

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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