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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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“Tell Me Who I Am”: An Investigation of Cultural Authenticity in YA Disability Peritexts

“Tell Me Who I Am”: An Investigation of Cultural Authenticity in YA Disability Peritexts

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(p.140) 10 “Tell Me Who I Am”: An Investigation of Cultural Authenticity in YA Disability Peritexts
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Beyond the Blockbusters
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Megan Brown

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827135.003.0010

This chapter discusses the methods used by publishers to present culturally authentic characters with disabilities to readers. Disabilities deserve to be communicated realistically within the books that young adults access. Remaining authentic to the accurate culture of disability is not an easy task but through time spent, experiences, and exposure to disabilities and the people who have them, the author’s knowledge aids in their writing. By identifying patterns in the peritextual information in a random sampling of 30 YA realistic fiction novels written from 2010 to 2016, the analysis in the chapter presents the support for representational accuracy of disability in book narratives.

Keywords:   Disability, Cultural Authenticity, Peritext, Publishers, Realistic Fiction

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