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    ‘If the Inside was the Outside’: Gender, Heteronormativity and the Body in David Levithan’s Every Day


    Kennon, Patricia (2015) ‘If the Inside was the Outside’: Gender, Heteronormativity and the Body in David Levithan’s Every Day. Foundation, 44 (122). pp. 58-67. ISSN 0306-4964‎

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    Abstract

    The opening lines of David Levithan’s Every Day (2012) immediately pull the reader into the fascinating and disorienting existence of A, the sixteenyear- old protagonist who wakes up every morning to spend that day in one body, only to awaken the next morning inhabiting a different body. During the course of the novel and across the variety of young lives that A inhabits, A encounters Rihannon, a teenage girl. They forge a connection and fall in love. Drawing upon the transformative potential of the fantastic, Levithan uses A’s extraordinary ability to explore the intersections between subjectivity and the gendered body and to interrogate traditional norms of masculinity, femininity and gender ontology. A and Rihannon’s tentatively evolving relationship proposes intriguing possibilities for the reimagining and expansion of concepts of sexuality, difference and selfhood in literature for young people...

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Levithan, David; Every Day; Gender; Heteronormativity; Body; heterosexuality;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education
    Item ID: 11467
    Depositing User: Patricia Kennon
    Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2019 15:35
    Journal or Publication Title: Foundation
    Publisher: Science Fiction Foundation
    Refereed: Yes
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