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Graphic Novels for Children and Young AdultsA Collection of Critical Essays$
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Michelle Ann Abate and Gwen Athene Tarbox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496811677

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496811677.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.3) Introduction
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Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults
Author(s):

Gwen Athene Tarbox

Michelle Ann Abate

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496811677.003.0001

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the varied landscape of contemporary children's and young adult literature. The closing decades of the twentieth century and the opening years of the new millennium witnessed profound literary, artistic, and commercial changes in children's and young adult literature. Arguably one of the most significant transformations that took place during this period was the resurgence of comics geared toward a youth readership. The chapter then considers scholarship on children's and young adult comics, suggesting that despite the popularity and influence enjoyed by children's and young adult graphic novels, contemporary developments in the genre have received surprisingly scant critical attention. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   children's literature, young adult literature, comics, graphic novels

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