Responding to Young Adult Literature / Edition 1

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For too long, there has been a stigma attached to young adult literature: the assumption that because it appeals to adolescents, it can't possibly be worthy of a place in the language arts curriculum. Attempts to legitimize the genre, furthermore, have concentrated only on the literature, not on how readers respond to it.

In Responding to Young Adult Literature, Virginia Monseau uncovers the power of young adult literature to evoke the kind of literary experiences that will keep students reading and lead them to a deeper understanding of literature in general and the relationship between literature and life in particular. The book serves two purposes: to describe and discuss the oral and written response of adolescents and adults to young adult literature; and to explore the significance of this knowledge to the study of literature in the classroom.

Many of the books and articles written about student response to literature focus on techniques or methods that teachers can use to evoke response. In this book, Monseau concentrates on the readers themselves. What would happen if advanced students, who might consider young adult literature beneath them, read this literature in their classes? What would occur if reluctant readers and advanced students got together to respond to a young adult novel? How do adolescent readers respond to the kinds of young adult literature that they read for enjoyment? Can this out-of class response inform literary study in the classroom?

As someone who has read, taught, and written about young adult literature extensively, Monseau can help other teachers better understand what happens when the reader meets the text.

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“I highly recommend Monseau's Responding to Young Adult Literature . . .[It offers] inspiration and ideas for the challenging and important goal of promoting a love of reading.”–English Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867094015
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 4/16/1996
  • Series: Young Adult Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Virginia Monseau is Professor Emerita of English at Youngstown State University, where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in young adult literature, children's literature, composition, and English methods. She has published numerous books, articles, and reviews on young adult literature and the teaching of literature. A former high school teacher, she is a past editor of English Journal and a past president of ALAN, NCTE's Assembly on Literature for Adolescents. The series editor of Heinemann's Young Adult Novels in the Classroom Series, Monseau is also the author of Teaching the Selected Works of Robert Cormier (2007).
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Table of Contents

1 Having Their Say: Responding to Young Adult Literature in Basic English Class 1
2 More Than an Easy Read: Responding to Young Adult Literature in the Honors Class 13
3 Voight and Kafka; Crutcher and Camus: Responding to Young Adult Literature in the Advanced Placement Class 30
4 "Why Can't We Do This in English Class?": Collaborative Response at the English Festival 43
5 Abolishing "Textoids": Individual Response Through Writing 58
6 What's Age Got to Do with It? Adults Respond to Young Adult Literature 70
7 Responding to Response 89
Afterword 101
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