Girl in the Shadows and resilience and coping strategies in contemporary young adult fiction

Kimberley, Maree Ann (2009) Girl in the Shadows and resilience and coping strategies in contemporary young adult fiction. Masters by Research by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.


The novel manuscript Girl in the Shadows tells the story of two teenage girls whose friendship, safety and sanity are pushed to the limits when an unexplained phenomenon invades their lives. Sixteen-year-old Tash has everything a teenage girl could want: good looks, brains and freedom from her busy parents. But when she looks into her mirror, a stranger’s face stares back at her. Her best friend Mal believes it’s an evil spirit and enters the world of the supernatural to find answers. But spell books and ouija boards cannot fix a problem that comes from deep within the soul. It will take a journey to the edge of madness for Tash to face the truth inside her heart and see the evil that lurks in her home. And Mal’s love and courage to pull her back into life. The exegesis examines resilience and coping strategies in adolescence, in particular, the relationship of trauma to brain development in children and teenagers. It draws on recent discoveries in neuroscience and psychology to provide a framework to examine the role of coping strategies in building resilience. Within this broader context, it analyses two works of contemporary young adult fiction, Freaky Green Eyes by Joyce Carol Oates and Sonya Hartnett’s Surrender, their use of the split persona as a coping mechanism within young adult fiction and the potential of young adult literature as a tool to help build resilience in teen readers.

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ID Code: 29384
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Muller, Vivienne & Pearce, Sharyn
Keywords: resilience, mental illness, adolescent brain development, trauma, child abuse, coping mechanisms, young adult literature, creative writing, thesis, masters
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 17 Dec 2009 05:17
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2017 14:39

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