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Bite me! the Twilight saga, a fantasy space of self-transformation as self-realization

Jameson, Celia and Dane, Julia. 2014. Bite me! the Twilight saga, a fantasy space of self-transformation as self-realization. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 38(3), pp. 243-258. ISSN 0196-8599 [Article]

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This article seeks to challenge the conventional reading of the Twilight saga as a regressive influence on young women. We argue that by drawing on themes of governmentality and fantasy, it is possible to open up the debate to consider Twilight as a text offering a fantasy space of transcending the limitations of neoliberal subjecthood. In particular, the article focuses on the figure of the vampire Edward Cullen as the carrier of anxieties around the boundaries of the autonomous subject and highlights the ways in which Bella Swan's desire for transformation to vampire speaks to a specific set of normative neoliberal ideals for young women in the 21 st century.

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


July 2014Published

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22 Jul 2014 06:20

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25 Jul 2014 11:56

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