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The Resource Reading like a girl : narrative intimacy in contemporary American young adult literature, Sara K. Day, (electronic resource)

Reading like a girl : narrative intimacy in contemporary American young adult literature, Sara K. Day, (electronic resource)

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Reading like a girl : narrative intimacy in contemporary American young adult literature
Title
Reading like a girl
Title remainder
narrative intimacy in contemporary American young adult literature
Statement of responsibility
Sara K. Day
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"By examining the novels of critically and commercially successful authors such as Sarah Dessen (Someone Like You), Stephenie Meyer (the Twilight series), and Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak), Reading Like a Girl: Narrative Intimacy in Contemporary American Young Adult Literature explores the use of narrative intimacy as a means of reflecting and reinforcing larger, often contradictory, cultural expectations regarding adolescent women, interpersonal relationships, and intimacy. Reading Like a Girl explains the construction of narrator-reader relationships in recent American novels written about adolescent women and marketed to adolescent women. Sara K. Day explains, though, that such levels of imagined friendship lead to contradictory cultural expectations for the young women so deeply obsessed with reading these novels. Day coins the term "narrative intimacy" to refer to the implicit relationship between narrator and reader that depends on an imaginary disclosure and trust between the story's narrator and the reader. Through critical examination, the inherent contradictions between this enclosed, imagined relationship and the real expectations for adolescent women's relations prove to be problematic. In many novels for young women, adolescent female narrators construct conceptions of the adolescent woman reader, constructions that allow the narrator to understand the reader as a confidant, a safe and appropriate location for disclosure. At the same time, such novels offer frequent warnings against the sort of unfettered confession the narrators perform. Friendships are marked as potential sites of betrayal and rejection. Romantic relationships are presented as inherently threatening to physical and emotional health. And so, the narrator turns to the reader for an ally who cannot judge. The reader, in turn, may come to depend upon narrative intimacy in order to vicariously explore her own understanding of human expression and bonds"--
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Provided by publisher
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CaPaEBR
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Day, Sara K
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • standards specifications
  • bibliography
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ebrary, Inc
Series statement
Children's literature association series
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  • American fiction
  • Intimacy (Psychology) in literature
  • Young adult literature, American
  • Teenage girls
  • Adolescence in literature
  • Girls in literature
Label
Reading like a girl : narrative intimacy in contemporary American young adult literature, Sara K. Day, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Control code
ebr10734739
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
ix, 240 p
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)824610061
Label
Reading like a girl : narrative intimacy in contemporary American young adult literature, Sara K. Day, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Control code
ebr10734739
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
ix, 240 p
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)824610061

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