Names and Naming in Young Adult Literature [NOOK Book]

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This book shows how authors of young adult literature use the creation of names for people, places, events, inventions, animals, and imaginary concepts as one of their most important literary techniques. Chapters address how authors use names to stretch readers' emotions, to reveal ethnic values and differences, to create 'other worlds,' and to establish tone. Other chapters focus on how authors use names to help readers remember who is who, such as J. K. Rowling in the Harry Potter books, or to communicate ...
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Names and Naming in Young Adult Literature

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Overview

This book shows how authors of young adult literature use the creation of names for people, places, events, inventions, animals, and imaginary concepts as one of their most important literary techniques. Chapters address how authors use names to stretch readers' emotions, to reveal ethnic values and differences, to create 'other worlds,' and to establish tone. Other chapters focus on how authors use names to help readers remember who is who, such as J. K. Rowling in the Harry Potter books, or to communicate separate messages to adults and to young readers, as exemplified by Richard Handler in the Lemony Snicket books. Names and Naming in Young Adult Literature equips readers with the interest and the skill to make similar observations about names and naming when they read other books. Looking at the names an author has chosen to use is a wonderful first step in introducing readers to the concept of literary criticism as something to help readers get more pleasure and information from their reading. Public and school librarians, college instructors of young adult literature, teachers of creative writing, high school English teachers, and anyone else who is interested in young adult literature will find this book extremely interesting.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

The authors observe that teens in the process of developing their identities often experiment with names, manipulating and creating them as a way of presenting their individuality to others. Here, they examine contemporary authors who use names as a literary technique. They cite as examples M. E. Kerr, Gary Paulsen, and Polly Horvath, who use them to evoke humor, while Robert Cormier treated them as an expression of tone in several works. The Nilsens also look at the naming devices used by Karen Cushman, Gary Soto, Adam Rapp, Nancy Farmer, Orson Scott Card, Ursula K. Le Guin, Sandra Cisneros, Maya Angelou, Cynthia Kadohata, and Sherman Alexie, among others, to show how they establish time periods or settings, or reveal ethnic values. The text is written in a scholarly style for readers interested in teaching and sharing literature with young adults. Although some sources are mentioned in the text, the addition of footnotes citing all of the sources would clarify references. Still, this volume offers an interesting exploration of the use of this literary device for teachers of teen literature and for librarians who share books with teens.
—Rebecca SheridanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810866850
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/5/2007
  • Series: Studies in Young Adult Literature
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Alleen Pace Nilsen and Don L. F. Nilsen are professors of English at Arizona State University, where Alleen specializes in English education and Don specializes in linguistics. They are longtime members of the American Name Society and are co-presidents of the organization through 2008. Alleen is a founding member of ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English).
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Introduction: Names and Naming in Young Adult Literature
Chapter 2
Chapter 1: Names for Fun: M. E. Kerr, Gary Paulsen, Louis Sachar, and Polly Horvath
Chapter 3
Chapter 2: Names to Establish Tone and Mode: Robert Cormier and Francesca Lia Block
Chapter 4
Chapter 3: Names to Establish Time Periods: Karen Cushman and Her Historical Fiction
Chapter 5
Chapter 4: Names to Establish Realistic Settings: Gary Soto, Adam Rapp, Meg Rosoff, and Nancy Farmer
Chapter 6
Chapter 5: Names to Establish Imagined Settings: Yann Martel, Orson Scott Card, and Ursula K. Le Guin
Chapter 7
Chapter 6: Names to Reveal Ethnic Values: Amy Tan, Sandra Cisernos, Maya Angelou, Cynthia Kadohata, Sherman Alexie, and Others
Chapter 8
Chapter 7: Names to Build a Dual Audience: Daniel Handler and the Lemony Snicket Books
Chapter 9
Chapter 8: Names as Memory Hooks: J. K. Rowling and the Harry Potter Books
Chapter 10 Bibliography
Chapter 11 Index
Chapter 12 About the Authors
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