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    From juxtaposition to interweave: Intergenerational collaboration in the works of Brian Selznick
    (University of Mississippi Press, 2021) Doughty, Terri
    This chapter considers Selznick’s use of the orphan plot in The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007), Wonderstruck (2011), and The Marvels (2015), and then focuses on Wonderstruck and The Marvels, which structurally take a more sophisticated approach to intergenerational relationships, juxtaposing and interweaving stories focalized through different generational perspectives to demonstrate intergenerational solidarity.
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    [Book review] From colonial to modern: Transnational girlhood in Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand children's literature, 1840-1940
    (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019) Doughty, Terri
    Review of the book "From colonial to modern: Transnational girlhood in Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand children's literature, 1840-1940" by Michelle J. Smith, Kristine Moruzi, and Clare Bradford (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018).
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    Selections from The Girl's Own Paper, 1880-1907
    (Broadview Press, 2004) Doughty, Terri
    The Girl’s Own Paper, founded in 1880, both shaped and reflected tensions between traditional domestic ideologies of the period and New Woman values in the context of the figure of the New Girl. These selections from the journal demonstrate the efforts of its publisher (the Religious Tract Society) to combat the negative moral influence of sensational popular literature while at the same time addressing the desires of its audience for exciting reading material and information about topics mothers could not or would not discuss. Selected fiction gives a rich sense of the conventions and the domestic ideology of the time; the nonfiction prose ranges from essays on conduct and household management to articles on new opportunities in education and work.
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    Locating Harry Potter in the "boys book" market
    (University of Missouri Press, 2002) Doughty, Terri
    The Harry Potter series' appeal for adolescent boys, not customarily a strong presence in the reading market, is explored within a cultural framework.
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    Putting the punk in a steampunk Cinderella: Marissa Meyer's "Lunar Chronicles"
    (University of Wrocław, 2015) Doughty, Terri
    Focusing on the first novel, Cinder, in Marissa Meyer’s 'Lunar Chronicles' series, this paper examines her blending of fairy-tale and steampunk motifs in order to rewrite the meme of "Cinderella", identified not only as a narrative of family dysfunction and child abuse, but also as a narrative of feminine passivity and wish fulfilment. After identifying the key motifs from "Cinderella" present in the novel, the abusive stepfamily, the seemingly abject heroine, the prince, the pumpkin transportation, and the ball, the discussion progresses to address two powerful steampunk motifs associated with the Cinderella character, Cinder: the maker, or mechanic, and the cyborg. As a maker, Cinder is empowered by her knowledge of technology and ability to tinker with it, for she is able to use her skills to resist those who would abuse her, and as she is a cyborg, she also has control over her own body. Her cybernetics also empower Cinder, allowing her to resist both mental and physical attacks. Comparing Meyer’s use of steampunk motif to popular applications of steampunk to "Cinderella," such as Rod Espinosa’s "Steampunk Cinderella", which focus on aesthetics over politics, illustrates the degree to which her depiction of Cinder is connected to one of the punk aspect of steampunk, the rebellion against social injustice. Meyer does not rewrite the meme of abuse in "Cinderella," but in her revision of the story, she demonstrates how a girl might resist being defined by her abuse, and she rewrites the meme of female passivity as Cinder works through a process of identity formation. Compared to the novel’s female characters that use traditional markers of femininity to disguise their manipulations and cruelties, the cyborg mechanic Cinder emerges as a positive role model for girls.