Claiming the Throne: Agency and Multiplicity in Cinda Williams Chima's The Seven Realms Series
Contribution to Book
Katherine A. Wagner and Megan McDonough turn to issues of intersectionality and young adult literature in “Claiming the Throne: Multiplicity and Agency in Cinda Williams Chima’s The Seven Realms Series.” The authors find that possession of agency dominates female protagonists in the young adult fantasy genre, but that complexity of character is equally vital, offering a blurring of rigid gender, ethnicity, and class boundaries. Through the concepts of multiplicity and intersectionality, Wagner and McDonough study sixteen-year-old Raisa ana’Marianna, heiress to a realm that has been ruled by women for centuries. Rather than having to challenge patriarchal rule, Chima’s protagonist must come to understand identity as irreducibly multiple, as seen in feminist intersectionality, in order to claim agency.
Document Object Identifier (DOI)
Elyce Rae Helford, Shiloh Carroll, Sarah Gray, & Michael R. II Howard
University Press of Mississippi
Wagner, K.A., & McDonough, M. (2016). Claiming the throne: Agency and multiplicity in Cinda Williams Chima's the seven realms series. In E.R. Helford, S. Carroll, S. Gray, & M.R. II Howard (Eds.), The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture (177-192). Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.
The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture