Date of Graduation

12-2012

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

English

Advisor

Marvin K. Booker

Committee Member

Susan Marren

Second Committee Member

Sean Connors

Third Committee Member

Ian Wojcik-Andrews

Keywords

Language, literature and linguistics; Communication and the arts; Animated films; Children's literature; Suzanne Collins; Harry Potter; Hunger Games; J. K. Rowling; Young adult literature

Abstract

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.

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