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L.I. Underhill is a media critic and historian specializing in pop culture, with a focus on science fiction (especially Star Trek) and video games. Their projects include a critical history of Star Trek told through the narrative of a war in time, a “heretical” history of The Legend of Zelda series and a literary postmodern reading of Jim Davis' Garfield.


  1. Luca
    January 12, 2017 @ 3:38 am

    great post. can’t wait for majora’s


  2. mr_mond
    January 13, 2017 @ 9:02 am

    I’m a PlayStation kid and then essentially stopped playing video games, so I never had any contact with Zelda – but I am very interested in rites of passage and how gender roles can interact with them, so I’m really enjoying Hyrule Haeresis. And, who knows, maybe I will try out The Legend of Zelda one day. Your essays certainly make a compelling case to just go for it.


  3. Lauri Franzon
    January 13, 2017 @ 11:17 am

    Brilliant post! The best so far, I’d claim.

    I am a bit sceptical about your genderfluid reading of Link, not because I have any larger objections to it, but rather because it feels like assuming too much about a character whose identity is purpously left as a blank slate. Link’s overt androgyny feels more like it’s less meant as a trait than as a lack thereof.

    Which of course only highlights the issue that there is no diegetic reason why Link has to be a boy. Who he is isn’t important, other than the fact that he, on paper, has to be a young, heroic male, because those are the people that stories are about, apparently.

    The rest of the analysis, I can whole-heartedly agree upon.


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