Automedial Girlhoods: Reading Girls' Autobiographical Practice in Digital Contexts

Author: Emma Maguire

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Maguire, Emma, 2016 Automedial Girlhoods: Reading Girls' Autobiographical Practice in Digital Contexts, Flinders University, School of Humanities and Creative Arts

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This thesis investigates how girls represent themselves online, and what girls' digital autobiographical practices can tell us about gender, youth and selfhood in contemporary media. Situated in the field of Auto/Biography Studies, the project also draws on important work from Media Studies and Gender theory to map out the stakes, forms, and contexts for girls’ life writing online. The original contribution that the project makes is twofold: firstly, it fills a gap in Auto/Biography Studies around girls as autobiographical producers. Secondly, it advances the cutting edge methodological approach of automediality, which aims to address a lack of critical methods for understanding digital modes of autobiography.

Keywords: girls, girlhood, media, digital media, new media, online, autobiography, life writing, life narrative, biography, automedia, zines, blogging, gender, authorship, graphic memoir, comics, fans, fangirl, fangirling, hoax, women, women's writing, women writers

Subject: English thesis, Media Studies thesis

Thesis type: Doctor of Philosophy
Completed: 2016
School: School of Humanities and Creative Arts
Supervisor: Associate Professor Kate Douglas