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Reading Like a GirlNarrative Intimacy in Contemporary American Young Adult Literature$
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Sara K. Day

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038112

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038112.001.0001

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“She is a Creature Designed for Reading”

“She is a Creature Designed for Reading”

Narrative Intimacy and the Adolescent Woman Reader

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(p.3) Chapter 1 “She is a Creature Designed for Reading”
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Reading Like a Girl
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Sara K. Day

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038112.003.0001

This chapter explores how narrative intimacy comes to be developed in contemporary literature for adolescent women, focusing specifically on the process of disclosure as a means of creating and maintaining intimate ties. This is particularly pertinent in the present discussion because narrative intimacy relies on a narrator’s willingness and ability to disclose to the reader thoughts, feelings, and experiences. The chapter also examines other types of sharing, such as sharing physical space (as in sexual intimacy) or sharing experiences (a common aspect of friendships and romantic relationships alike). In turn, it considers the process of learning how and when to conceal information—even within apparently intimate relationships—as messages regarding disclosure are necessarily tied up with those regarding discretion.

Keywords:   contemporary literature, popular culture, disclosure, sharing, adolescent women, teenagers, young adult novels

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