Date of Graduation
Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
Marvin K. Booker
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Texts created for the consumption of children and young adults are not simple texts made for the sole purpose of entertaining young audiences. In fact, these texts are complicated, multi-faceted texts that function both in the creation and performance of childhood. Children's and young adult literature and film disseminated mainstream ideology about young people's place in society and attempt to enculturate young readers and viewers in regards to race, gender, age, and social class. However, by helping young people interact critically with these texts, critical thinking skills as well as a passion for reading can be fostered. In addition, by supporting young people's creative potential, more texts can be produced for children by children instead of all texts being created by adults.
Shepard, Iris Grace, "Ideology in Popular Late Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Children's and Young Adult Literature and Film" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 557.