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ERIC Number: ED219775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Adolescent Literature in the Age of Aquarius.
Hamilton, Harlan
To avoid the demise of adolescent literature, educators must revise their way of thinking to include a great many paperback media tie-in books in the English curriculum. Among the possible reasons many teachers have thus far neglected media tie-ins are their beliefs that the tie-ins are inferior literature or that they are just another gimmick. Other teachers may be afraid of being censured by parents or may even be unaware of the existence of these books because of their suppression by book clubs. Another reason may be the tendency to return to hardcover anthologies that are more "respectable." Nevertheless, previous studies have shown that students will read media tie-ins when their interests are stimulated by the media. They also have shown that television, movies, and even the promotion of television and movies functioned as motivators for voluntary adolescent reading. In spite of this interest in media-related books, school book clubs still have forced-choice selection that exclude media tie-ins. Furthermore, few if any media-related books are advertised in professional publications or exhibited at conferences and conventions of English or reading teachers. Now is a good time to revive literature education to include media tie-ins since television and movie novels whet the interests of the students and provide content for all levels of readers. Second, television and film direct more attention to adaptations of adolescent fiction, thereby extending the potential for multimedia literature study. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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