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Queer Anxieties of Young Adult Literature and Culture

Derritt Mason


This book considers the recent surge in queer young adult literature publishing and argues that this explosion of queer representation has prompted new forms of longstanding cultural anxieties about adolescent sexuality. In particular, critics of queer texts for young people seem concerned with the following questions: what makes for a good “coming out” story? Will increased queer representation in popular culture teach adolescents the right lessons, and help queer youth live better, happier lives? What if these stories harm young people instead of helping them? Although these concerns spring ... More

Keywords: queer youth, young adult literature, popular culture, sexuality, adolescence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781496830982
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2021 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496830982.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derritt Mason, author
University of Calgary