To Count as a Girl: Misdirection in 10 Things I Hate About You

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Abstract

Critical readings of 10 Things I Hate About You have primarily focused on whether, and to what extent, Kat has relinquished the feminist values she displays prior to her "taming" and usually claim that the film is conservative in its treatment of gender. This article complicates such readings. It focuses on the poem Kat reads and performs at the film's conclusion in order to argue that the strategy of misdirection is vital for understanding that ambiguity is key to the film's foregrounding and treatment of 1990s adolescent girlhood.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBorrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation
VolumeIX
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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