Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Amira Jarmakani - Chair
In the mid-1990s, two discourses of girlhood emerged in both the popular and academic spheres. Consolidated as the girl power discourse and girls in crisis discourse, the tension between these two intertwined discourses created a space for new narratives of female adolescence in the decade between 1995 and 2005. As sites of cultural construction and representation, teen films reveal the narratives of girlhood. The films under consideration serve as useful exemplars for an examination of how such discourses become mainstreamed, pervading society’s image of female adolescence.
McCord, Mary Larken, ""So Very," "So Fetch": Constructing Girls on Film in the Era of Girl Power and Girls in Crisis" (2008). Women's Studies Theses. Paper 13.