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Complicated Females and True Wo-mance: Redefining the Coming-of-age Genre with Lady Bird

“I wish I could live through something,” laments the titular character in the opening scene of Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) is a 17-year-old girl teetering on the brink of “adulthood” – inverted commas required here, because I am over a decade older than Gerwig’s protagonist and […]

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Rey: Feminist Heroine or Mary Sue?

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Rey: Feminist Heroine or Mary Sue?

Episode VII deliberately breaks the ‘damsel in distress’ trope with it’s plucky protagonist, Rey. But is she a victim of her own success?

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