112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Young Adult Literature

Session Chair: 
Shanna Shadoan, Denver Public Library
Time: 
Session 7: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Location: 
RCC Raincross F

Presenters/Papers:

  1. Michelle Pagni Stewart, Mt. San Jacinto College
    This paper defines three "generations" of ethnic Young Adult literature, demonstrating the distinction among the generations of Asian American, American Indian, and Latina/o literature, providing a new optic with which to view ethnic literary texts so that previously repressed narratives can reclaim the signifiers of their ethnicities and deconstruct notions of what it means to be an ethnic YA narrative.
  2. Terry Spaise, University of California, Riverside
    The Virals series by Kathy and Brendon Reichs is a combination of young adult literature, mystery and science fiction.  The authors follow the traditional landmarks of the first genre while creating complicated mysteries they solve as a group and overlay this with a dose of genetic engineering and evolution.
  3. Satoko Kakihara, California State University, Fullerton
    This paper analyzes Yoko Kawashima Watkins’s So Far From the Bamboo Grove as a problematic young adult novel that misrepresents Japanese imperialism, reinforcing an innacurate historical narrative, while it nonetheless gives voice to an individual’s memories. This paper argues that the novel points to how oppressors are homogenized as a monolithic body aligned with the state, while victims are individualized as the only ones who can bear witness to wartime trauma.
  4. Amber Hancock, California State University, Fullerton
    This paper examine the temporal impact of intertextuality, author-character relationships, and magical realism in Diana Wynne Jones’s Fire and Hemlock.  This symbolic tale focuses not only upon the author figure but also more significantly on the memorial temporality of consciousness found within creative writing. 
Session Cancelled: 
No