Amie Doughty presents at Northeast Popular Culture Association Conference

Amie Doughty, English, presented the paper “Reluctant Royals: Reading Royalty in YA Fantasy” at the Northeast Popular Culture Association Conference at Worcester State University on Oct. 20.

The paper examines male royal figures in young adult fantasy who are reluctant to be royal and argues that whether the royal figure accepts his position or abdicates it, he does not have to compromise. This lack of compromise is a hallmark of children’s and young adult literature according to Natalie Babbitt, and contrasts with adult literary fiction, in which the happy ending often includes some kind of compromise.