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Women, Girls, and Young Adult Literature
Special Issue of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature

We invite manuscripts that examine women and girls as characters, creators, and consumers of young adult novels, poems, comic books, and other written materials oriented primarily toward a youth or adolescent audience. These articles should be engaged with the overlap between this topic and the traditional purview of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature: women and writing, explicating the specific links between the woman writer and her work. This collection of articles will interrogate the place of young adult literature in feminist literary history, and ideally it will address the category of young adult literature capaciously, ranging widely across chronology, geography, and genre.

Of particular interest will be essays that consider the following topics or themes:

1.The expansion of genres such as detective fiction, science fiction, fantasy, gothic, and romance
2.The impact of this literature on the conceptualization of youth and adulthood, including the popularity of youth-oriented materials among adult women and the growth of "new adult" fiction as an emergent marketing category
3.The intersection of femaleness with race, nationality, ethnicity, disability, or religion
4.Fandom, fan fiction, and media responses to both
5.Depictions of non-normative, transitional, or non-binary genders and sexualities
6.Treatments of romance, friendship, rivalry, sex, or homosocial networks
7.Constructions of maleness and masculinity
8.Female heroism, victimhood, pleasure, and adventure
9.Feminist optimism, dread, or cynicism as expressed in young women's stories
10.The celebration, invasion, objectification, and control of female bodies
11.Censorship, controversy, condescension, and policing the young and/or female reader

Initial queries and abstracts are encouraged, though final acceptance will be determined by the completed essay. Essays should be 6,000-8,000 words (excluding notes), should conform to the endnote style of the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, and should be submitted in Microsoft Word. Please submit essays through email by 15 October 2015 to tswl@utulsa.edu.