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Discourses of Masculinity and Femininity in The Hunger Games: "Scarred," "Bloody," and "Stunning"

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  • Vera Woloshyn
  • Nancy Taber
  • Laura Lane

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This article explores how characters in The Hunger Games trilogy are portrayed relative to Connell's gendered discourses of hegemonic masculinity, marginal masculinity, and emphasized femininity. We briefly review the plot of The Hunger Games trilogy and then discuss the ways in which three of the characters are represented with respect to societal gendered discourses, heteronormativity, and the use of violence. We argue that the ways in which these aspects are portrayed relate to the main characters' performance of discourses of hegemonic masculinity (Gale), marginalized masculinity (Peeta), and a complex amalgamation of the two that also draws somewhat on emphasized femininity (Katniss). Finally, we conclude that, while the trilogy could be read as taking a feminist stance with a strong female protagonist, it nonetheless also constrains Katniss in heteronormative ways.

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  • Vera Woloshyn & Nancy Taber & Laura Lane, 2013. "Discourses of Masculinity and Femininity in The Hunger Games: "Scarred," "Bloody," and "Stunning"," International Journal of Social Science Studies, Redfame publishing, vol. 1(1), pages 150-160, April.
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    hegemonic masculinity; emphasized femininity; marginalized masculinity; children's literature; The Hunger Games;

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    • R00 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General - - - General
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