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Subject/Keyword
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
narrative fiction
construction of female beauty ideas and ideals
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Lemieux, Denise H
Supervisor and department
Ingrid Johnston (Secondary Education)
Examining committee member and department
Claudia Eppert (Secondary Education)
Lynne Wiltse (Elementary Education)
Department
Department of Secondary Education
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-08-31T21:50:33Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Master of Education
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This study explored the implicit messages in narrative fiction relating to the construction of female beauty ideas and ideals. Conversations with three young adult female participants focused on how our media-saturated culture perpetuates beauty myths specifically within fictional narratives and how these stories affect identification with the concept of beauty. Through one selected counterstory, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, participants and researcher reflected on the potential for narrative fiction to question symbolic representations of culturally encoded beauty ideology. Furthermore, the study highlighted the importance for young adults to develop active and critical reading competencies when encountering the implied messages in narrative fiction.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R36H2N
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License granted by Denise Lemieux (dhl1@ualberta.ca) on 2011-08-31T02:04:56Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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