ERIC Number: ED193636
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Black Teenager in Young Adult Novels by Award-Winning Authors.
Kiah, Rosalie Black
Over 80 young adult novels for blacks were analyzed to determine how they revealed the shared experiences of black people in the family setting and the social world (including the world of work). The analyses showed that the authors of these books tended to focus totally on the familial aspects of the shared experiences of black people, a rather narrow focus. Another important finding was that many of the writers were consistently writing about the deplorable ugliness of ghetto life, a view not representative of the whole black community. Although many of the stories introduced social problems, they did not develop the problems to the extent that children would be able to learn from reading about the experiences. It was evident from the study that writers of young adult novels for blacks have an obligation to present youthful readers with sufficient choices upon which to generate goals and values. Children's books that purport to be about black people, especially black adolescents, must portray these shared experiences with authenticity to promote a better understanding of and appreciation for the uniqueness of black people. (Annotations of 25 of the novels studied are reported.) (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Southeast National Council of Teachers of English Affiliate Conference (Atlanta, GA, September 25-27, 1980).