MAGE AND IMAGINATION IN A YOUNG ADULT NOVEL A 204 WRINKLE IN TIME BY MADELEINE L‘ENGLE Children‘s Literature

Ferlanti Nailasuffa, Ida Farida Sachmadi, Lestari Manggong

Abstract


This paper reports an analysis on a young adult novel written by Madeleine L‘Engle, A Wrinkle in Time (1962), which aims to uncover the presentation of the main female character in resisting the society assessment of her body image as an effort to be accepted in society just the way she is. This research uses feminism as the literary approach, especially the concept of adolescent body image by Liz Frost (2001) and Beth Younger (2009), through the study of the characterization of the main characters and the perspective of the female character and of the society where she lives, which is based on the theory of narratology by Ian Rudge (2004). The resistance is depicted from how the novel describe the concept of the body image of young woman which is not considered appropriate according to normative society, how the main female character reacts to this concept, and how this magic realism story is narrated. This study shows that the novel voices the belief of a young woman that she could be accepted by her society without changing her body in accordance with the appropriate body image her society holds.

Keywords


young adult novel, A Wrinkle in Time, adolescent body image, magic realism

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