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Beyond the BlockbustersThemes and Trends in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction$
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Rebekah Fitzsimmons and Casey Alane Wilson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496827135

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496827135.001.0001

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Sharpening the Pointe: The Intersectional Feminism of Contemporary Young Adult Ballet Novels

Sharpening the Pointe: The Intersectional Feminism of Contemporary Young Adult Ballet Novels

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(p.203) 14 Sharpening the Pointe: The Intersectional Feminism of Contemporary Young Adult Ballet Novels
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Beyond the Blockbusters
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Sarah E. Whitney

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827135.003.0014

This chapter explores a new movement within the female-focused YA dance novel. Rather than narrate the meritorious rise of an individual dancer, today's ballet novels instead interrogate how structural prejudices of racism and sexism create barriers to the center stage. Focusing primarily upon works authored by women of color, or told through queered perspectives, the chapter surveys how YA narratives in varied melodramatic, thriller, and paranormal forms work to trouble the pink and pretty “music box ballerina” iconography.

Keywords:   Dance, Ballet, Intersectionality, Sexual Violence, Feminism

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