Young Adult Literature and Culture

Young Adult Literature and Culture

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This book offers a multifaceted approach to the world of young adults, everything from Ray Schrocka€™s use of Walter Dean Myersa€™ sports stories to discuss race relations and cultural politics to Joyce Littona€™s analysis of the highly popular Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Quartet. The cover illustration is done by Joel Rudinger based on his experiences with the Inuit where he learned many of their legends and myths, resulting in his own excellent work on Sedna, the creation goddess, a story filled with deep tragedy, mystery and the world of the spirits. This mythic world slides into the discussion of Harry Eiss, one that focuses on The Isis Trilogy, best known of Monica Hughes many works, who writes, a€œScience fiction and fantasy in particular are valid carriers of myth for the 20th century, and most especially for young people.a€ Margaret Best and Susann deVries also give us literature that uses science. They begin, a€œThe science fair project is the central metaphor and the reality in Paul Zindela€™s The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1970), Christopher Paul Curtisa€™s Bucking the Sarge (2004), and Joyce Maynarda€™s The Cloud Chamber (2005). After providing an overview science fiction, Sally Sugarman offers a study of the entire genre. a€œFor this study two hundred and thirty-nine high school students from two schools in Vermont and Massachusetts were surveyed.a€ Alethea K. Helbig provides an overview of her important activities promoting literature for the young. She was a seminal scholar and educator when colleges and universities were just beginning to take the study of such literature seriously, when English departments were initiating serious undergraduate and graduate classes in what previously had been seen as inferior literature. Her life itself provides us with an entertaining and historically valuable autobiographical account of a person at the center of the change that has taken and continues to take place. Jerry Loving expands the horizons of the entire collection of essays, providing a firsthand account of how the young are educated in China, including a detailed history. It begins: a€œI have been traveling to mainland China at least 4 to 6 times a year as a teacher or education evaluator since 2002. As the visits and years passed, I watched the education system of China slowly improve to the level my schools were like when I went to school in the 50a€™s and 60a€™sThe feature article of the November 26, 2007, issue of Newsweek magazine discusses the ramifications of the Kindle, ... Jeff Bezos, the CEO of, a€œ believes...can improve upon one of humankinda#39;s most divine creations: the book.

Title:Young Adult Literature and Culture
Author:Harry Edwin Eiss
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing - 2009-03-26


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