Thursday, June 7, 2018

Representing the Rainbow in Young Adult Literature LGBTQ+ Content since 1969

Jenkins, Christine A and Michael Cart.  Representing the Rainbow in Young Adult Literature LGBTQ+ Content since 1969. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. ISBN: 978-1-4422-7806-6

An expanded version of The Heart Has Its Reasons, this volume charts the evolution of YA literature that features characters and themes which resonate not only with LGBTQ+ readers but with their allies as well. In this resource, Jenkins and Cart identify titles that are notable either for their excellence—accurate, thoughtful, and tactful depictions—or deficiencies—books that are wrongheaded, stereotypical, or outdated. Each chapter has been significantly updated, and this edition also includes new chapters on bisexual, transgender, and intersex issues and characters, as well as chapters on comics, graphic novels, and works of nonfiction.

This book also features an annotated bibliography and a number of author-title lists of books discussed in the text that will aid teachers, librarians, parents, and teen readers.

Table of Contents 

Part I: A survey of LGBTQ+ literature
1. Young adult literature in the pre-stonewall era
2. Young adult literature of the 1970s
3. Young adult literature of the 1980s
4. Young adult literature of the 1990s
5. A new literature for a new century
6. Young adult literature since 2010
Part II: Breaking down the barriers
7. Bisexual inclusion in young adult fiction
8. Transgender and intersex inclusion in young adult literature
9. Comics and graphic novels with LGBTQ+ content 
10. Desperately seeking information: young adult nonfiction with LGBTQ+ content
Conclusion: What a wonderful world?