Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 23, 2008

Possible Article

Filed under: Resources to Share — Joyce @ 11:35 am

Hi Sarah,

in my search for articles to use in my seminar, I came across this

article on war in YA lit. Don’t know if it will be of use to you, but thought I would pass it on.



1 Comment »

  1. Thanks, Joyce. Definitely helpful and interesting.

    Briefly, one of the points is that there is little YA lit (fiction, especially) written about war because of the fear of glorifying war. Marc Aronson says, “I have never, ever, seen a reviewer say we should not write books about two girlfriends having a fight because we don’t want to glorify animosity between girls. Just the opposite, the reviewers praise authors of such books for their insightful realism.” So, he wonders, why is there reticence to tackle the topic of war in YA lit?

    To broaden things out a bit: what are topics that you are reticent about bringing up in your classrooms? How do you handle the situation when discussion leads to these “discomfort zones”?


    Comment by sostrom — February 23, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

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