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Signs of Childness and Adolescence in Children’s Books/YA literature

June 11, 2012

I think I’ve probably quoted her extensively elsewhere, but Roberta Seelinger Trites needs to be brought into this recent thinking about ‘childness in children’s books’…

Her article, ‘The Harry Potter novels as a test case for adolescent literature’ posits that adolescent literature should be defined in distinction from children’s literature…

In children’s literature, she explains, growth is depicted as a function of what the character has learned about self…

While in adolescent literature, growth is depicted as a function of what the adolescent has learned about how society curtails the individual’s power….

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