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

Young Adult Literature II

Session Chair: 
Kate Carnell Watt, University of California, Riverside
Session 11: Sunday 10:20-11:50am
Salon II (ET)


  1. Faith DeLay, Washington State University
    The current popularity of dystopian and steampunk literature and its fixation on biotechnology has significance in the Language Arts classroom for young adults. In this paper, I assert that these young adult texts have a place in our classrooms and provide opportunities for incorporating them into the curriculum.
  2. Alyssa Clark, San Diego State University
    This paper explores Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands (1990) to deconstruct the text's use of the gothic to discuss the male body and masculinity. The issues of capitalism and consumerism will investigate connections to the larger “suburban gothic” subgenre, and provide a discussion framework for Edward Scissorhands' gender and social politics.
  3. Haley Hartzell, San Diego State University
    I will analyze how The Hunger Games and Divergent utilize a dystopian setting  to challenge common female stereotypes and allow female readers a reimagined landscape and social structure to experience the world through. These novels offer a glimpse into what women in literature could look like if given the opportunity to save themselves. 
  4. Laurie Eichert, Hughson Unified School District
    Laurence Yep's historical novel Dragonwings is on the common core list of text exemplers for middle school students in California.  By comparing and contrasting the myths, beliefs, journeys, and actions of the Chinese- and English-speaking Americans in the text, students can see how an author creates depth and dimension in his characters.
Session Cancelled: