Young Adult Literature and Adolescent Identity Across Cultures and Classrooms: Contexts for the Literary Lives of Teens

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-04-30
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Taking a critical, research-oriented perspective, this exploration of the theoretical, empirical, and pedagogical connections between the reading and teaching of young adult literature and adolescent identity development centers around three key questions:Who Are the Teens Reading Young Adult Literature?Why Should Teachers Teach Young Adult Literature?Why Are Teens Reading Young Adult Literature?All chapters work simultaneously on two levels: each provides both a critical resource about contemporary young adult literature that could be used in YA literature classes or workshops and specific practical suggestions about what texts to use and how to teach them effectively in middle and high school classes.Theorizing, problematizing, and reflecting in new ways on the teaching and reading of young adult literature in middle and secondary school classrooms, this valuable resource for teachers and teacher educators will help them to develop classrooms where students use literature as a means of making sense of themselves, each other, and the world around them.

Author Biography

Janet Alsup is Associate Professor of English Education at Purdue University with a joint appointment in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introduction: Identification, Actualization, or Education: Why Read YAL?p. 1
Who Are the Teens Reading YAL?p. 17
African American Young Adult Literature and Black Adolescent Identity: Developing a Sense of Self and Society through Narrativep. 19
Depictions of Chinese Americans in Young Adult Literature: American Born Chinese and Beyondp. 31
Composing Themselves: The Discursive (De)Construction of Queer Identity in Six Young Adult Novelsp. 47
Teaching through the Conflict: Examining the Value of Culturally Authentic Arabic Young Adult Literaturep. 63
Culture and Language: The Two Tongues of Mexican American Young Adult Literature-Companion Chaptersp. 81
Funds of Knowledge and Mexican American Cultural Values in MA YALp. 83
Mestizaje: Forging Identity through Hybridityp. 99
Why Should Teachers Teach YAL?p. 109
Engaging and Enchanting the Heart: Developing Moral Identity through Young Adult Fantasy Literaturep. 111
Beyond the Comics Page: Pedagogical Opportunities and Challenges in Teaching Graphic Novelsp. 133
Pedagogues and Demigods: Captivity, Pedagogy, and Young Adult Literature in an Age of Diminished Expectationsp. 149
Perspective Giving and Taking in the Secondary English Class: Considering the Case of Erin Gruwellp. 173
Why Are Teens Reading YAL?p. 189
The Appeal of Young Adult Literature in Late Adolescence: College Freshmen Read YALp. 191
1 Female Reader Reading YAL: Understanding Norman Holland's Identity Themes Thirty Years Laterp. 205
About the Contributorsp. 217
Indexp. 219
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