This book analyzes young adult (YA) literature as a cultural phenomenon, explaining why this explosion of books written for and marketed to teen readers has important consequences for how we understand reading in America. As visible and volatile shorthand for competing views of teen reading, YA literature has become a lightning rod for a variety of aesthetic, pedagogical, and popular literature controversies.
Noted scholar Loretta Gaffney not only examines how YA literature is defended and critiqued within the context of rapid cultural and technological changes, but also highlights how struggles about teen reading matter to—and matter in—the future of librarianship and education.
Table of Contents
- How to read a young adult novel : an introduction
- Constructing the teenaged reader
- Tending the fair garden : canon formation and aesthetic approaches to young adult literature
- Bibliotherapy and the problem novel : pedagogical approaches to YA literature
- The uses of pleasure : popular literature and young adults
- No longer safe : young adult literature and conservative library activism
- Do we dare disturb the universe? : young adult literature and social change : a conclusion.