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The Adolescent Body in YA Fiction
We are seeking articles for a proposed collection of essays on popular young adult fiction,
normalcy, and the conflation of the modern adolescent body with the disabled body, both
through stories of self-conscious adolescent body-image, and in more overt stories of eating
disorders, self-mutilation (â€œcuttingâ€), and teenage pregnancy. How does young adult fiction
imagine the adolescent identity as it relates to the adolescent body (in terms of sexuality,
menstruation, or teenage pregnancy)? In what ways is the adolescent body a â€œdisorderedâ€ body?
Examples of texts might include, but not be limited to, Judy Blumeâ€™s Deenie, John Neufeldâ€™s Lisa
Bright and Dark, Natasha Friendâ€™s Perfect, Patricia McCormickâ€™s Cut, or any of the â€œAnonymousâ€
texts like Go Ask Alice, It Happened To Nancy, or Annieâ€™s Baby.
Body, ability, disability, disorder, and normalcy may be broadly considered. Possible topics might
weight and body image
Please send a proposal of approximately 200-500 words along with a brief CV.
Deadline for proposals and abstracts: February 1
Department of English
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
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