Maguire, Emma: "Potential. Ariel Schrag Contests (Hetero-)Normative Girlhood." In: Prose Studies 35.1 (2013), S. 54–66.
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Keywords: "Potential", Autobiography, Children’s and young adults’ comics, Gender, Schrag. Ariel, Sexuality, USA
Collection: Prose Studies
Using the medium of graphic memoir, 17-year-old Ariel Schrag brings to life an alternative to heteronormative mainstream representations of girlhood, and in self-publishing at such a young age, she also takes charge of her own representation and the circulation of that representation as a teenage girl. With an emphasis on the enabling formal characteristics of comics medium, I consider how the young author addresses the representation of her girlhood sexuality in light of theories of girlhood and girls’ media-making practices. Specifically, I position Potential as “risk-taking self-representation” that creates space for marginal girlhoods to be articulated and explored via the “inventive textual practice” of comics (Chute 26) by articulating a lesbian identity in the symbolic and protected spaces of adolescent rites of passage. Drawing on Judith Halberstam’s The Queer Art of Failure, I explore how representations of failure in Schrag’s depictions of prom work to open up alternative possibilities for adolescent femininity and sexuality.
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