UPDATE: [Children] The Adolescent Body in Young Adult Fiction

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Adrianne Finlay
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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. Some young
adult fiction considers the adolescent body through stories that address self-esteem and body
image, teen pregnancy, or homosexuality, whereas other stories consider the body and disability
more literallyâ€"those of eating disorders, self-mutilation (“cutting”), and drug abuse. 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 imagined
as a “disordered” body? We are looking for critical work that avoids jargon, is clear and
accessible, and that examines canonical and/or popular YA fiction. MLA format where necessary.
Examples of texts might include, but not be limited to, Judy Blume’s Deenie, or Are You There
God, It’s Me, Margaret, John Neufeld’s Lisa Bright and Dark, Natasha Friend’s Perfect, Patricia
McCormick’s Cut, Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, books by Francesca Lia
Block, the Nancy Drew series, or any of the “Anonymous” texts like Go Ask Alice, It Happened To
Nancy, or Annie’s Baby. Any time period is acceptable. Essays that discuss books post-1930
would be especially appropriate. Body, ability, disability, disorder, and normalcy may be broadly
considered. Possible topics might include:
eating disorders
drug abuse
weight and body image

Please send a proposal of approximately 200-500 words along with a brief CV.
Deadline for proposals and abstracts: February 8.

Contact information:
Adrianne Finlay
Department of English
Box 6000
Binghamton University
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

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