Publication Date

April 2016

Advisor(s)

Victoria Pitts-Taylor

Major

Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

Employing Sedgwick's concept of "reparative reading," this thesis will examine YA texts that construct queer narratives in such a way as to fracture the heteronormative structures that govern young adult literature. This project will focus primarily on three YA authors whose writing has altered the terrain of queer YA literature in some way: Nancy Garden, Julie Anne Peters, and David Levithan. Following the trajectories of these authors and their writings from 1982 to 2013, the possibility begins to emerge for YA literature to be a valuable form of queer representation.

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