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This book examines the way young adult readers are constructed in a variety of contemporary young adult fictions, arguing that contemporary young adult novels depict readers as agents. Reading, these novels suggest, is neither an unalloyed good nor a dangerous ploy, but rather an essential, occasionally fraught, by turns escapist and instrumental, deeply pleasurable, and highly contentious activity that has value far beyond the classroom skills or the specific content it conveys. After an introductory chapter that examines the state of reading and young adult fiction today, the book examines novels that depict reading in school, gendered and racialized reading, reading magical and religious books, and reading as a means to developing civic agency. These examinations reveal that books for teens depict teen readers as doers, and suggest that their ability to read deeply, critically, and communally is crucial to the development of adolescent agency.

ISBN

9781137539236

Publication Date

2019

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

City

London

Keywords

young adult fiction, teenagers, books, reading, contemporary literature, popular culture

School

School of Arts and Sciences

Department

English

Disciplines

Education | English Language and Literature

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Constructing the Adolescent Reader in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction

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