“Boy-Girls and Girl-Beasts: The Gender Paradox in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.” Eds. Michelle Ann Abate and Lance Weldy. C. S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia Casebook (2012): 186-198. Print. 16 manuscript pages.
This chapter examines how three of the main female and male protagonist pairings in the Chronicles of Narnia series—Lucy and Edmund; Polly and Digory; and Jill and Eustace—show the stories’ gender paradox: worlds where boys are empowered by performing female roles and girls are disserviced through stereotyping, relegated to perform as deus ex machinas.