Presenter Information

Serena HolcombFollow

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

Literature, Culture, YA

Biography

I am a senior in the Anthropology Capstone course.

Major

Anthropology

Advisor for this project

Dr. Marty Laubach

Start Date

18-4-2019 2:00 PM

End Date

18-4-2019 3:15 PM

Abstract

Teenage years are critical for identity formation. Young adult literature is a form in which teenagers use to help form identities through relating with characters and situations. It is important to have literature available to teenagers that is relatable to a wide audience so that all young adults can find novels that they feel represented by. This study will be looking into the cultural binaries that could limit representation in fantasy young adult literature, such as white/other, abled/disabled, female/male. In this way, people can be aware of what is hindering or enabling, depending on our results, wide representation of different sorts of people so that young adults can all find themselves within the books they are reading.

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Apr 18th, 2:00 PM Apr 18th, 3:15 PM

Do you see yourself? The effects of cultural binaries within Fantasy Young Adult Literature

Teenage years are critical for identity formation. Young adult literature is a form in which teenagers use to help form identities through relating with characters and situations. It is important to have literature available to teenagers that is relatable to a wide audience so that all young adults can find novels that they feel represented by. This study will be looking into the cultural binaries that could limit representation in fantasy young adult literature, such as white/other, abled/disabled, female/male. In this way, people can be aware of what is hindering or enabling, depending on our results, wide representation of different sorts of people so that young adults can all find themselves within the books they are reading.