Reading Like a Girl: Narrative Intimacy in Contemporary American Young Adult Literature

Reading Like a Girl: Narrative Intimacy in Contemporary American Young Adult Literature

by Sara K. Day

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Overview

How novels targeted at teens engage narrator and reader in intimate dramas of friendship, love, identity, and sexuality

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496804471
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 09/08/2015
Series: Children's Literature Association Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Sara K. Day, Magnolia, Arkansas, is assistant professor of English at Southern Arkansas University. Her work has appeared in Studies of the Novel and North Carolina Literary Review.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 "She Is a Creature Designed for Reading": Narrative Intimacy and the Adolescent "Woman Reader 3

2 "Opening Myself Like a Book to the Spine": Disclosure and Discretion in Constructions of Friendship 29

3 "He Couldn't Get Close Enough": The Exploration and Relegation of Desire 64

4 "She Doesn't Say a Word": Violations and Reclamations of Intimacy 101

5 "What if Someone Reads It?": Concealment and Revelation in Diary Fiction 144

6 "Let Me Know What You Think": Fan Fiction and the Reimagining of Narrative Intimacy 181

Appendix 205

Notes 207

References 219

Index 231

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