Canon fodder : young adult literature as a tool for critiquing canonicity

Hateley, Erica (2013) Canon fodder : young adult literature as a tool for critiquing canonicity. English in Australia, 48(2), pp. 71-78.

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Young adult literature is a tool of socialisation and acculturation for young readers. This extends to endowing ‘reading’ with particular significance in terms of what literature should be read and why. This paper considers some recent young adult fiction with an eye to its engagement with canonical literature and its representations of young people reading. Wider possibilities of using such novels in secondary English classes are discussed, particularly in the context of critiquing literary canons and the social hierarchies they are used to legitimate.

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ID Code: 62783
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: young adult literature, canonicity
ISSN: 0155-2147
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > Literary Studies not elsewhere classified (200599)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author
Deposited On: 23 Sep 2013 22:55
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2013 05:27

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