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ERIC Number: EJ817075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Gossiping Girls, Insider Boys, A-List Achievement: Examining and Exposing Young Adult Novels Consumed by Conspicuous Consumption
Glenn, Wendy
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v52 n1 p34-42 Sep 2008
This article employs critical discourse analysis methods to (a) apply Marxist and critical literacy theories to recently published young adult novels that feature wealthy New York teens whose privilege grants them lives of leisure and (b) discuss the implications of using these texts in the classroom to encourage students to read (and consume) critically. Findings point to the presence of entitlement across texts due to unearned wealth, disparity of social class and race, empty relationships, and celebration of conspicuous consumption. In response, the article suggests the need for critical discussion of these novels (and those like them) and advocates the application of Marxist theory as a tool for encouraging discourse that calls into question reader assumptions and literary representations. With their strong appeal to young readers and treatment of privilege and power, these texts provide the ideal opportunity to engage adolescents in discussions that encourage the development of a critical stance. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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