The Boys Club: Male Protagonists in Contemporary African American Young Adult Literature

The Boys Club: Male Protagonists in Contemporary African American Young Adult Literature

by Wendy Rountree

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The Boys Club: Male Protagonists in Contemporary African American Young Adult Literature by Wendy Rountree

The Boys Club: Male Protagonists in Contemporary African American Young Adult Literature is a study of prominent issues and themes such as education, identity, and racism in contemporary (i.e., post-Civil Rights era) young adult novels written primarily for African American boys by African American men and women writers. Representative works by writers Candy Dawson Boyd, Curtis Paul Curtis, Sharon G. Flake, Kenji Jasper, Kekla Magoon, Williams McDaniels, Walter Dean Meyers, and Jacqueline Woodson are analyzed. Ultimately, this book illustrates how men and women writers of young adult literature for African American boys reveal and validate the difficulties of growing up young, Black, and male in modern-day American society, and thereby seek to improve the lives of their readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433105746
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Publication date: 06/23/2011
Series: Masculinity Studies Series: Literary and Cultural Representations , #1
Pages: 134
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Wendy Rountree is Associate Professor of English at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. Her expertise is in twentieth-century ethnic American literature with an emphasis in African American literature, twentieth-century American literature, and twentieth-century ethnic American drama. She has published scholarly articles, an academic book, Just Us Girls: The Contemporary African American Young Adult Novel (Lang, 2008), and a young adult novel, Lost Soul (2003). Dr. Rountree is a native of Kinston, North Carolina, and is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (B.S.), East Carolina University (BA, MA), and the University of Cincinnati (PhD).

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