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Digital Literacies of the Cybergirl

E-Learning Volume 1, Number 3, ISSN 1741-8887


This article explores the nexus between digital literacies and identity in the online graphical chat environment of the "palace". With a focus on the adolescent cybergirl, it examines how girls use words and images to create a digital presence, and in so doing, "write" their bodies and their selves. I discuss how the cybergirl is discursively constructed as well as self-produced within discourses of sexuality and idealised beauty. A grammatical analysis of both words and images is presented to describe the resources girls are using to construct their identities. In doing so, I highlight the particular ways that girls are creating cyberbodies that are encoded surfaces of the girls' fantasies and desires. I argue that the palace is a site that produces new forms of femininities through allowing girls the space to explore, experience a sense of empowerment and find new ways of reinventing themselves. (Contains 2 tables and 4 figures.)


Thomas, A. (2004). Digital Literacies of the Cybergirl. E-Learning, 1(3), 358-382. Retrieved October 22, 2019 from .

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