Humor in Young Adult Literature: A Time to Laugh

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Scarecrow Press, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 223 pages
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Celebrates the accomplishments of YA authors acclaimed for producing high-quality comedies, who have not yet been treated in a book-length bio-critical study. Simultaneously, it reminds readers that no matter how funny an author of fiction may be, if he shows off his wit in ways that fail to play a natural role in advancing his narrative, he is not writing good fiction. To demonstrate this, humorous passages are presented to illustrate the contribution a sense of humor can make to a work of fiction. The book is arranged topically to facilitate a comparison of distinctive treatments by various authors of adolescent life events, such as sibling rivalry, bullies, and first dates.
 

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Contents

Family
1
Friends
23
Bullies
51
Authorities and Adversaries
67
Whats Wrong with Me?
95
Could This Be Love?
119
The Ironic Perspective
147
Coming of Age Who Am I and What Am I Going to Do about It?
179
Bibliography
205
Index
215
About the Author
223
Copyright

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Page iii - To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be bom and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted...
Page i - In addition, many of the series writers delve deeper into the creative writing process by tracking down early drafts or unpublished manuscripts by their subject authors, consulting with their editors or other mentors, and examining influences from literature, film, or social movements. Many of the contributing authors of the series are among the leading scholars and critics of adolescent literature. Some are even young adult novelists themselves.

About the author (2005)

Walter Hogan is an associate professor and librarian at Eastern Michigan University. He is the author of The Agony & the Eggplant: Daniel Pinkwater's Heroic Struggles in the Name of YA Literature.