Anne Boleyn has been narrativized in Young Adult (YA) historical fiction since the nineteenth century. Since the popular Showtime series The Tudors (2007–2010) aired, teenage girls have shown increased interest in the story of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second and most infamous queen. This construction of Boleyn suggests that she was both celebrated and punished for her proto-feminist agency and forthright sexuality. A new subgenre of Boleyn historical fiction has also recently emerged—YA novels in which her story is rewritten as a contemporary high school drama. In this article, I consider several YA novels about Anne Boleyn in order to explore the relevance to contemporary teenage girls of a woman who lived and died 500 years ago.
Stephanie Russo (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8205-885X) is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, Macquarie University, Australia. She specializes in women's writing of the early modern period and has published widely on historical fiction, and representations of early modern women and girls. She is currently writing a monograph on the literary afterlife of Anne Boleyn. Email: email@example.com
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