114th Annual Conference - Pasadena, California
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Young Adult Literature II

Session Chair: 
Erica Law, Ohio State University
Los Feliz I


  1. An investigation of the role of memory in David Levithan’s Every Day, and how memory functions as an identity marker for “A,” Levithan’s protagonist, who has no gender, race, or other physical qualities, but occupies a different host body every twenty-four hours.
  2. Sarah Becker, Independent Scholar
    Drawing upon their own memories of childhood, Bradbury, Jones, and Gaiman each have at least one text exploring the nature of memory as well as the feelings of uncertainty and powerlessness present in childhood.  Each  uses elements of the fantastic to express the liminal space the child protagonists occupy, as well as to explore the crucial role memory plays in forming adult identities.
  3. Meghmik Mardian, Independent Scholar
    In Melinda Salisbury’s The Sin Eater’s Daughter, the simplicity of childhood is replaced with duty and self-sacrifice when thirteen-year-old Twylla is picked to be a holy icon who is also a deadly weapon against enemies of the state. An analysis of her struggle to fulfill a destiny set by adults reflects the struggle of children to live up to parents’ expectations and to maintain the process of interpellation that keeps the status quo—a relationship that is reflected in the power structure of adults and their governing body. 
  4. Kate Carnell Watt, University of California, Riverside
    The body of the poor child is malleably subject to physical transformation in literature for children/young adults, making it into a sign written and read by those in authority.  In a reversal of Foucauldian norms, Panem improves Katniss’s appearance, a process she understands and manipulates, to make her body into a doubly legible sign. 
Session Cancelled: