Call for Papers: 2019 ChLA Diversity Committee’s Annual Sponsored Panel on “Intersectional Approaches to Activism and Social Equity in Children’s and Young Adult Literature”

Call for Papers: 2019 ChLA Diversity Committee’s Annual Sponsored Panel Children’s Literature Association Conference June 13-15, 2019 Indianapolis, Indiana Intersectional Approaches to Activism and Social Equity in Children’s and Young Adult Literature To what extent can children’s and young adult literature push readers to acknowledge and advocate for more democratic and egalitarian ways of existing … Continue reading Call for Papers: 2019 ChLA Diversity Committee’s Annual Sponsored Panel on “Intersectional Approaches to Activism and Social Equity in Children’s and Young Adult Literature”

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Developing a Course on Metafictional Young Adult Literature

During the past couple of weeks, I've been working on developing various literature courses, including a course on the metafictional turn in contemporary young adult literature. As of now, I have entitled the course Book-Ception: The Metafictional Turn in Young Adult Literature. For those of you who are confused about the title, -Ception is a … Continue reading Developing a Course on Metafictional Young Adult Literature

On Transgenderism and Transition: The Case of Julie Anne Peters’ Luna

Locating narratives of transgender persons (particularly teens) is no easy task, especially when considering that fictional works (excluding film and television) with central transgender protagonists didn't really surface until the late 1980s and early 1990s. One of the first fictional attempts to portray issues transgenderism is Bill's New Frock, a children's book written in 1989 by … Continue reading On Transgenderism and Transition: The Case of Julie Anne Peters’ Luna

On YA Novels with Male Bisexuality – Eddie De Oliveira’s “Lucky”

As YA author Malinda Lo once pointed out in her wonderful discussion of bisexual characters in YA literature, "representations of bisexual characters remain few and far between." This, as Lo pointed out, has a lot to do with the perception of bisexuality in contemporary society, where it is often viewed as an "excuse" for admitting one's … Continue reading On YA Novels with Male Bisexuality – Eddie De Oliveira’s “Lucky”