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Institutional watchfulness in YA Lit

March 18, 2011

Genesis - Bernard Beckett

When Roberta Seelinger-Trites argues that power is central to Young Adult literature as a genre, she mentions that:

“This sense of institutional watchfulness is present in most novels for adolescents, reinforcing for the adolescent reader the impossibility of solipsism.”[1]

When I read Bernard Beckett’s Genesis, I see this idea of institutional watchfulness. It’s depicted quite deliberately in the waiting room, but also there in the nature of the examination


[1] p475 Trites, R. S. (2001). “The Harry Potter Novels as a test case for adolescent literature.” Style 35(3, Fall): 472-485.

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