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Mean Girls in Young Adult Literature

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dc.contributor.advisor Morehouse, Susan
dc.contributor.advisor Gray, Juliana
dc.contributor.advisor Furlong, Nancy Weese, Cassidy 2017-07-12T13:13:47Z 2017-07-12T13:13:47Z 2017-05-01
dc.description Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Alfred University Honors Program. en_US
dc.description.abstract While YA novels span a variety of topics, one of the most popular genres features a “mean girl” character. Mean girls are presented as the character that everyone loves to hate. As easy as it is to read mean girls as snobby and spiteful, the characters are also strong leaders and generally intelligent. The fact that readers are conditioned to hate the mean girl stems from our current patriarchal culture. The mean girl uses traditionally male tactics to obtain power in a patriarchal culture that does not value her, and therefore that culture argues that she is worthy of hatred. The characters we encounter, and especially the ones we enjoy or identify with, leave a mark on our individual understanding of the world. YA authors often use mean girls to subtly encourage patriarchal values in their actions and descriptions. Therefore, understanding the mean girl allows us to understand the roles that women grow into in Western patriarchal culture. en_US
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dc.relation.ispartof Herrick Library en_US
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dc.subject Honors thesis en_US
dc.subject Young Adult Fiction en_US
dc.subject Fiction en_US
dc.subject Literature en_US
dc.subject Female characters en_US
dc.title Mean Girls in Young Adult Literature en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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