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Reading Like a GirlNarrative Intimacy in Contemporary American Young Adult Literature$
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Sara K. Day

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038112

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038112.001.0001

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“She Doesn’t Say a Word”

“She Doesn’t Say a Word”

Violations and Reclamations of Intimacy

(p.101) Chapter 4 “She Doesn’t Say a Word”
Reading Like a Girl

Sara K. Day

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines how explicit violations of intimacy—namely, abuse and assault—challenge both narrators’ and readers’ concepts of narrative intimacy. Examining novels in which the narrator is either the victim of or a witness to such violations, it considers the ways in which narrators use narrative intimacy as a means of reclaiming an understanding of and control over intimacy. These novels include Deb Caletti’s Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, Sarah Dessen’s Dreamland, Niki Burnham’s Sticky Fingers, Louisa Luna’s Brave New Girl, Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, and Courtney Summers’ Cracked Up to Be.

Keywords:   narrative intimacy, adolescent women abuse, assault, young adult novels, Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, Niki Burnham, Louisa Luna, Laurie Halse Anderson, Courtney Summers

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