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What the stones tell us: Gulidjan Country stone sites and living spaces
thesisposted on 2020-07-01, 00:00 authored by Heather Threadgold
This thesis interrogates four tropes of postfeminist female empowerment; feminine masquerade, ‘sex-positive’ sexuality, authentic individualism, and the ‘strong’ female character, in various bestselling postmillennial young adult titles. It shows that the female protagonists’ assertion of empowerment is often illusory: under the guise of choice they often maintain existing gendered discourses.