113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Young Adult Literature I

Session Chair: 
Alyssa Clark, San Diego State University
Session 10: Sunday 8:30-10:00am
Salon II (ET)


  1. Meghmik Mardian, Independent Scholar
    Isabel Quintero’s young adult novel, Gabi: A Girl in Pieces, investigates the cultural silence surrounding sex education in the United States and points out the problematic value that society places on the female body in regards to reproductive capabilities, especially in comparison to the expectation parents have for boys.
  2. Kate Carnell Watt, University of California, Riverside
    The body of the poor child is malleably subject to physical transformation in literature for children/YA.  By transforming that body into an animal or by controlling its appearance, it is defined as a possession of the state.  This dominance is rationalized by claims of concern for the child's soul or virtue -- a concern which, however, masks a profound fear. 
  3. Anne V. Powell, College of the Canyons
    Knowledge, throughout Harry Potter, is the center for power relations between adults and adolescents. It is Dumbledore who most often imposes adult consciousness and interpretation on Harry through the pensieve where externalized and reliveable memories create a foreign environment in need of interpretation. The bounds of the pensieve and the bounds of Dumbledore’s interpretations circumscribe the limits of children’s knowledge and craft behavior based on the limited scope of that knowledge.
Session Cancelled: