The Resource Reading like a girl : narrative intimacy in contemporary American young adult literature, Sara K. Day

Reading like a girl : narrative intimacy in contemporary American young adult literature, Sara K. Day

Label
Reading like a girl : narrative intimacy in contemporary American young adult literature
Title
Reading like a girl
Title remainder
narrative intimacy in contemporary American young adult literature
Statement of responsibility
Sara K. Day
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"By examining the novels of critically and commercially successful authors such as Sarah Dessen (Someone Like You), Stephenie Meyer (the Twilight series), and Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak), Reading Like a Girl: Narrative Intimacy in Contemporary American Young Adult Literature explores the use of narrative intimacy as a means of reflecting and reinforcing larger, often contradictory, cultural expectations regarding adolescent women, interpersonal relationships, and intimacy. Reading Like a Girl explains the construction of narrator-reader relationships in recent American novels written about adolescent women and marketed to adolescent women. Sara K. Day explains, though, that such levels of imagined friendship lead to contradictory cultural expectations for the young women so deeply obsessed with reading these novels. Day coins the term "narrative intimacy" to refer to the implicit relationship between narrator and reader that depends on an imaginary disclosure and trust between the story's narrator and the reader. Through critical examination, the inherent contradictions between this enclosed, imagined relationship and the real expectations for adolescent women's relations prove to be problematic. In many novels for young women, adolescent female narrators construct conceptions of the adolescent woman reader, constructions that allow the narrator to understand the reader as a confidant, a safe and appropriate location for disclosure. At the same time, such novels offer frequent warnings against the sort of unfettered confession the narrators perform. Friendships are marked as potential sites of betrayal and rejection. Romantic relationships are presented as inherently threatening to physical and emotional health. And so, the narrator turns to the reader for an ally who cannot judge. The reader, in turn, may come to depend upon narrative intimacy in order to vicariously explore her own understanding of human expression and bonds"--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.60992837
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.I57
LC item number
D39 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Children's literature association series
Label
Reading like a girl : narrative intimacy in contemporary American young adult literature, Sara K. Day
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn824610061
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 240 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781621039600
Lccn
2013002086
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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22573/ctt23j6fb
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unknown
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.b28781168
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unknown
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)824610061
  • pebcs1617038121

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