Dead Girl Walking: Girlhood and Happy-Endings in Heathers: The Musical

Miller, Lee ORCID logoORCID: (2023) Dead Girl Walking: Girlhood and Happy-Endings in Heathers: The Musical. In: The Methuen Drama Handbook of Gender & Theatre. Methuen, UK. ISBN 9781350123182 (Submitted)

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Abstract / Summary

This chapter considers how the 2013 musical adaptation of Heathers: The Musical unsettles the gendering of adolescent girls in eighties teen-films, especially in terms of dismantling the traditional idea of the happy ending. The move from screen to stage affords a range of disparate representations not usually found in mainstream Hollywood product. Although itself a populist musical, Heathers offers a subtle radicalism in relationship to its construction of gender models for teenaged girls, and it does this through a subtle refiguring of its source material, and in the case of the 2018 West End version, a confident relationship with social media, and the attendant para-social interaction with contemporary fandom.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 9781350123182
Subjects: Philosophy & Psychology
Performance > Theatre
Courses by Department: Academy of Innovation and Research > Research
Depositing User: Lee Miller
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2023 14:10
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2024 15:04


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