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Disturbing the Universe: Power and Repression in Adolescent Literature
In Disturbing the Universe, an exploration of power and repression in Young Adult literature, Roberta Seelinger Trites expands the notion of the Young Adult novel as a coming-of-age story. By chronicling the dynamics of power and repression that weave their way through YA books, Trites reveals that characters in these novels must learn to negotiate the levels of power that ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 7th 2004 by University Of Iowa Press
(first published April 1st 1998)
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Jun 02, 2009 Abbey rated it really liked it
a great analysis of power and repression in young adult literature. discussion on how young protagonists are simultaneously liberated and oppressed as they come of age. would have preferred a more explicit conversation of gender and race, but will settle for this. relies heavily on foucault....and i like that.
Feb 04, 2009 Pamela rated it it was amazing
This is a really excellent book about the problem novel in adolescent lit. Trites applies several theoretical frameworks in this text, from Freud and Lacan to Foucault, as well as several major figures in children's/YA lit. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone interested in studying the problem novel.
Sep 05, 2010 Emily (StacksandCats) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone, students
Recommended to Emily by: read for class
Not enough is written on Young Adult literature and Trites does an amazing job focusing on power play in YA lit. I had to read this for a Ethnicity and the Child class and was completely blown away. =]