Writing the Barbaric Recent Past : Holocaust Fiction for Young Adults

Pearce, Sharyn (2013) Writing the Barbaric Recent Past : Holocaust Fiction for Young Adults. In Pearce, Sharyn, Muller, Vivienne, & Hawkes, Lesley (Eds.) Popular Appeal : Books and Films in Contemporary Youth Culture. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, pp. 13-42.

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Horror and redemption in Holocaust writing for young adults: Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief, John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. While it has long been thought that the Holocaust is not an appropriate subject matter for young audiences, from The Diary of Anne Frank onwards it has always been part of their reading matter. Never, however, has there been so much interest as in the recent best-selling publications by Zusak and Boyne (the latter of which has been made into a film). This chapter examines the politics of crafting stories for young people about the unspeakable events of the recent past, about who has the right to ‘speak for’ the victims, and whether some genres (for example, fairy stories or fabulism) work best, given the horrific nature of the subject matter.

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ID Code: 66380
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Creative Writing, Holocaust Fiction, Young Adults, Literary Representations
ISBN: 9781443852395
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) (190402)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 by Sharyn Pearce, Viviennne Muller and Lesley Hawkes
Copyright Statement: All rights for this book reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright owner.
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