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"Lock Up Your Sons": Queering Young Adult Literature and Social Discourse

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dc.contributor.author Wheadon, Rebekah
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-24T14:44:41Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-24T14:44:41Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-24
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10222/15353
dc.description.abstract Young adult literature (YA) has been stereotypical in many of its portrayals of LGBTQ teens from the 1960s to the early 2000s, but three contemporary YA series--Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments, Sarah Rees Brennan's Demons trilogy, and Holly Black's Modern Faerie Tales--indicate a change toward more nuanced characterizations. Using four categories--scriptedness, context, importance, and sexuality--to determine whether these representations of LGBTQ youth challenge or reiterate older tropes, my analysis indicates that YA has moved toward more complex representations of queerness, yet some normative discursive structures are still at work, such as poisonings or curses, supernatural parallels to coming out, and heteronormative humour. Although representations of queerness have diversified, then, the implicit ideologies in each author's portrayal of queerness demands closer attention. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject young adult literature en_US
dc.subject queer theory en_US
dc.subject queer culture en_US
dc.subject LGBTQ en_US
dc.subject children's literature en_US
dc.subject the mortal instruments en_US
dc.subject cassandra clare en_US
dc.subject sarah rees brennan en_US
dc.subject the demon's lexicon en_US
dc.subject holly black en_US
dc.subject modern faerie tales en_US
dc.subject urban fantasy en_US
dc.subject history of young adult literature en_US
dc.subject representation en_US
dc.subject ideology en_US
dc.title "Lock Up Your Sons": Queering Young Adult Literature and Social Discourse en_US
dc.date.defence 2012-08-17
dc.contributor.department Department of English en_US
dc.contributor.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.contributor.external-examiner NA en_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinator Dr. Alice Brittan en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-reader Dr. Jason Haslam en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-reader Dr. Kathy Cawsey en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisor Dr. Anthony Enns en_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approval Not Applicable en_US
dc.contributor.manuscripts Not Applicable en_US
dc.contributor.copyright-release Not Applicable en_US

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