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The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture$
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Elyce Rae Helford, Shiloh Carroll, Sarah Gray, and Michael R. II Howard

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496808714

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496808714.001.0001

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date: 15 December 2018

Claiming the Throne: Multiplicity and Agency in Cinda Williams Chima’s The Seven Realms Series

Claiming the Throne: Multiplicity and Agency in Cinda Williams Chima’s The Seven Realms Series

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(p.177) Claiming the Throne: Multiplicity and Agency in Cinda Williams Chima’s The Seven Realms Series
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The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture
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Katherine A. Wagner

Megan McDonough

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496808714.003.0011

Katherine A. Wagner and Megan McDonough turn to issues of intersectionality and young adult literature in “Claiming the Throne: Multiplicity and Agency in Cinda Williams Chima’s The Seven Realms Series.” The authors find that possession of agency dominates female protagonists in the young adult fantasy genre, but that complexity of character is equally vital, offering a blurring of rigid gender, ethnicity, and class boundaries. Through the concepts of multiplicity and intersectionality, Wagner and McDonough study sixteen-year-old Raisa ana’Marianna, heiress to a realm that has been ruled by women for centuries. Rather than having to challenge patriarchal rule, Chima’s protagonist must come to understand identity as irreducibly multiple, as seen in feminist intersectionality, in order to claim agency.

Keywords:   Cinda Williams Chima, Seven Realms, Multiplicity, Intersectionality, Raisa ana’Marianna

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