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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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Manufacturing Manhood: Young Adult Fiction and Masculinity(ies) in the Twenty-First Century

Manufacturing Manhood: Young Adult Fiction and Masculinity(ies) in the Twenty-First Century

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(p.109) 8 Manufacturing Manhood: Young Adult Fiction and Masculinity(ies) in the Twenty-First Century
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Beyond the Blockbusters
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Tom Jesse

Heidi Jones

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827135.003.0008

This chapter examines representations of masculinity in contemporary young adult fiction and identifies four major trends within the genre. These trends suggest a recent shift in YA texts away from traditional gender binaries and toward a more open, fluid understanding of what it means to “be a man” in the twenty-first century. The chapter concludes with a set of recommendations for dealing with these changing gender norms in today’s classrooms by adopting a critical literacy stance when helping students read and discuss these texts.

Keywords:   Critical Literacy, Fiction, Gender, Masculinity, Representation

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