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2011

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Adolescent popular culture

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Blood, Lust And Love:Interrogating Gender Violence In The Twilight Phenomenon, Meenakshi Durham Nov 2011

Blood, Lust And Love:Interrogating Gender Violence In The Twilight Phenomenon, Meenakshi Durham

Meenakshi Gigi Durham

This paper interrogates the construction of gender relations in the Twilight books and films, vis-à-vis issues of implicit and overt gender violence. A combination of ideological analysis, semiology, and feminist critique is used to examine the verbal and visual codes at work in these texts. Five dominant themes emerge: (1) the representation of violence as an inherent characteristic of masculinity; (2) the portrayal of male violence as a justifiable by-product of heterosexual relationships; (3) the definition of masculinity in terms of a dualism wherein “good” boys repudiate their own “instinctive” predilection for violence and “bad” boys allow it to go ...