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Beyond the BlockbustersThemes and Trends in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction$
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Rebekah Fitzsimmons and Casey Alane Wilson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496827135

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496827135.001.0001

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New Directions for Old Roads: Rewriting the Young Adult Road Trip Story

New Directions for Old Roads: Rewriting the Young Adult Road Trip Story

(p.80) 6 New Directions for Old Roads: Rewriting the Young Adult Road Trip Story
Beyond the Blockbusters

Jason Vanfosson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter argues that contemporary young adult road narratives rewrite the story of the road to include more diverse representations that expose the challenges of traveling while part of a marginalized group. Road trip narratives codify privilege via class, gender, sexual orientation, and whiteness within the North American context to define a dominant road story that has commonly been represented throughout literary history. This chapter examines how the young adult road trip becomes a site of subversion for indigenous travelers, travelers of color, queer travelers, and trans travelers through the ways certain identities receive or navigate the privilege of mobility on the road within different geographical spaces.

Keywords:   Road trips, Marginalized groups, Identity, Mobility, American road literature

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