Supernatural Youth: The Rise of the Teen Hero in Literature and Popular Culture

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Supernatural Youth: The Rise of the Teen Hero in Literature and Popular Culture, edited by Jes Battis, addresses the role of adolescence in fantastic media, adventure stories, cinema, and television aimed at youth. The goal of this volume is to analyze the ways in which young heroic protagonists are presented in such popular literary and visual texts. Supernatural Youth surveys a variety of sources whose young protagonists are placed in heroic positions, whether by magic, technology, prophecy, or other forces ...

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Overview

Supernatural Youth: The Rise of the Teen Hero in Literature and Popular Culture, edited by Jes Battis, addresses the role of adolescence in fantastic media, adventure stories, cinema, and television aimed at youth. The goal of this volume is to analyze the ways in which young heroic protagonists are presented in such popular literary and visual texts. Supernatural Youth surveys a variety of sources whose young protagonists are placed in heroic positions, whether by magic, technology, prophecy, or other forces beyond their control. Series examined include Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Supernatural Youth, edited by Jes Battis, is essential for educators who work in the fields of English, media studies, women's studies, LGBT studies, and sociology, as well as undergraduate students who are interested in popular culture.

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Supernatural Youth is truly a unique collection. In over a dozen essays written, appropriately, by engaged young scholars, this readable, provocative, and comprehensive book offers a multifaceted, many-voiced, multi-media consideration of the young hero/heroine. It will add years to its readers’ sophistication while making their imaginations young again. —David Lavery, founding editor of Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association

Jes Battis has gathered a lively set of essays on a subject of serious significance—the deeply needed fantasy stories of ‘embattled and marginalized youth.’ From Gideon Haberkorn and Verena Reinhardt’s aphoristic appreciation of novelist Terry Pratchett to David Kociemba’s defense of the extraordinary ordinariness of Buffy’s Xander; from Alison Ching’s analysis of the archetypes of Holly Bush’s urban fantasy to Hugh Davis’s tour of the allusions of Hex, these essays provide a vivid picture of the kind of hero that lives at the heart of the best current YA fantasy. Perhaps most important of all, each contributor, in a different way, focuses on the ethics underlying these stories of what Battis calls ‘queer and questioning teens. —Rhonda V. Wilcox, Gordon College

To quote Tamora Pierce, the author of The Song of the Lioness and several other young adult novels, fantasy is a 'literature of empowerment.' This aphorism takes on new meaning in light of the many provocative observations put forth in Supernatural Youth: The Rise of the Teen Hero in Literature and Popular Culture. Bringing together thirteen original essays that transport the reader from the outer edges of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld to the hallowed halls of Hogwarts and beyond, this energetic collection will doubtless spark a reassessment of our most treasured cinematic, literary, and televisual texts (including Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea volumes, Neil Gaiman’s comic book series The Books of Magic, and Joss Whedon’s cult sensation Buffy the Vampire Slayer). But this book’s greatest contribution is its thoroughgoing exploration of the ways in which an 'intangible, ethical magic' (to borrow the words of Jes Battis) at the heart of these and other less widely discussed texts (such as the TV series Hex and Sabrina the Teenage Witch) informs the construction of gender, sexuality, and adolescent identity among social outcasts. Like Pierce’s allegorical tales involving cross-dressing and lesbianism, Supernatural Youth challenges us 'to see beyond the concrete universe and to envision other ways of living and alternative mindsets' —an invitation that can empower readers young and old alike. —David Scott Diffrient, Colorado State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739186176
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 8/15/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jes Battis is assistant professor of English at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. He is also the editor of Homofiles: Theory, Sexuality, and Graduate Studies (Lexington Books, 2011).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Supernatural Youth, by Jes Battis
Chapter One: Spiritual, Not Sexual: The Plight of the Adolescent Human Wizard in Diane Duane's Young Wizards Series, by Alice Mills
Chapter Two: Magical Learning and Loss: Hermione Granger and the Female Intellectual in Harry Potter, by Alissa Burger
Chapter Three: Magic, Adolescence, and Education on Terry Pratchett's Discworld, by Gideon Haberkorn and Verena Reinhardt
Chapter Four: "Does the Phrase 'Vampire Slayer' Mean Anything to You?": The Discursive Construction of the Just Woman Warrior Trope in Joss Whedon's Buffy, the Vampire Slayer TV Series, by David Nel
Chapter Five: Why Xander Matters: The Extraordinary Ordinary in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, by David Kociemba
Chapter Six: "Kinda Gay": Queer Cult Fandom and Willow's (Bi)Sexuality in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, by Jennifer Moorman
Chapter Seven: Postfeminism in a Postmodern Landscape: Navigating Difference on Veronica Mars, by Cary Elza
Chapter Eight: "Bigger Things to Worry About": Allusions and the British Fantasy Tradition in Hex, by Hugh H. Davis
Chapter Nine: Being Harvey Kinkel: The Laws of the Other Realm in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, by Tiffany S. Teofilo
Chapter Ten: Closed Minds: Tamora Pierce's Teenagers and the Problem of Desire, by Anastasia Salter
Chapter Eleven: Nerds, Geeks, and Dorks, Oh My!: The Teen Wizard as Social Outcast, by R.C. Neighbors
Chapter Twelve: Breaking the Spell: Power and Choice in Holly Black's Valiant, by Alison Ching
Chapter Thirteen: Enrolling in the 'Hidden School': Timothy Hunter and the Education of the Teenage Comic Book Magus, by Jason L. Winslade
About the Contributors
Index

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