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A beautiful inquiry: stories in the reflections of beauty

  • Author / Creator
    Lemieux, Denise H
  • 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.

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  • Graduation date
    2011-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R36H2N
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Secondary Education
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Ingrid Johnston (Secondary Education)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Lynne Wiltse (Elementary Education)
    • Claudia Eppert (Secondary Education)