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Twenty-First-Century Feminisms in Children's and Adolescent Literature$
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Roberta Seelinger Trites

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496813800

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496813800.001.0001

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Caring, Disability Studies, and Narrative Structure

Caring, Disability Studies, and Narrative Structure

(p.156) Chapter 6 Caring, Disability Studies, and Narrative Structure
Twenty-First-Century Feminisms in Children's and Adolescent Literature

Roberta Seelinger Trites

University Press of Mississippi

As enacted in the twenty-first century study of children’s and adolescent literature, Disability Studies, feminist narrative theory, and feminist reader response theory emphasize material aspects of caring, relationality, and cooperation. This chapter discusses Marissa Meyer’s Cinder in terms of caring and Disability Studies. Narrative layering also helps authors interrogate levels of care, so the remaining novels in this chapter include embedded narratives that help the protagonist grow in her ethics of care. To explore how feminist narrative theories of children’s and adolescent literature are imbued with ethics of care, the chapter provides readings of Jennifer Donnelly’s Revolution and Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses. In the final section, to interrogate feminist reader response theory in the YA novel as a function of ethics of care, the chapter examines Linda Sue Park’s Project Mulberry.

Keywords:   Ethics of Care, Ethics, Narrative structure, Reader response, Disability Studies

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