Paranormal politics and the romance of urban subcultures: youth mobility in Cassandra Clare’s and Melissa Marr’s fantasy texts

Rutherford, Leonie, Bullen, Elizabeth and Prater, Lenise 2016, Paranormal politics and the romance of urban subcultures: youth mobility in Cassandra Clare’s and Melissa Marr’s fantasy texts, Jeunesse: young people, texts, cultures, vol. 8, no. 1, Summer, pp. 66-88, doi: 10.1353/jeu.2016.0003.

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Title Paranormal politics and the romance of urban subcultures: youth mobility in Cassandra Clare’s and Melissa Marr’s fantasy texts
Author(s) Rutherford, LeonieORCID iD for Rutherford, Leonie orcid.org/0000-0003-3940-3379
Bullen, ElizabethORCID iD for Bullen, Elizabeth orcid.org/0000-0002-7230-6936
Prater, Lenise
Journal name Jeunesse: young people, texts, cultures
Volume number 8
Issue number 1
Season Summer
Start page 66
End page 88
Total pages 23
Publisher Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures, University of Winnipeg
Place of publication Winnipeg, Man.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1920-2601
1920-261X
Keyword(s) urban fantasy
youth subcultures
metropolis
late modern society
premodern society
Clare, Cassandra
Marr, Melissa
Summary This essay examines the political and social significance of the intrusion of the supernatural into youth subcultures in two urban fantasy series: Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments and Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely. Both series represent the idea of human youth mobility and social affiliation based on volition. The tolerant urban spaces through which their girl protagonists initially move accommodate a diversity of subcultural aesthetics. By contrast, the supernatural subcultures with which these girls become involved are fraught with conflict, and the mobility of their members is limited. Drawing on post-subcultural theory, we identify a tension between late modern and premodern social organization and political values in contemporary urban fantasy for young adults and compare how it is resolved in Clare’s and Marr’s texts.
Language eng
DOI 10.1353/jeu.2016.0003
Field of Research 200506 North American Literature
200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
2005 Literary Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950203 Languages and Literature
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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