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Post-disaster fiction for young adults : some trends and variations

Braithwaite, Elizabeth 2010, Post-disaster fiction for young adults : some trends and variations, Papers : explorations into children's literature, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 5-19.

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Title Post-disaster fiction for young adults : some trends and variations
Author(s) Braithwaite, Elizabeth
Journal name Papers : explorations into children's literature
Volume number 20
Issue number 1
Start page 5
End page 19
Total pages 15
Publisher Deakin University, School of Communication and Creative Arts
Place of publication Burwood, Vic.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1034-9243
1837-4530
Summary In the forty years or so since it began to develop as a sub-genre of young adult fiction, post-disaster fiction has commented on a range of issues, including perceived social fears of the time, the nature of various types of society, and what people need in order to be truly human. This paper explores how young adult post-disaster fiction makes comment on these and other issues. It argues that within this genre there are three connected sub-genres, with the disaster having a different function in each, and the nature of the comments made by each of these sub-genres tending also to be different. As its title suggests, this paper includes texts in which the focus is on life after the disaster. The genre’s strong link with both the nature of young adult fiction and with adolescence itself suggests that it will continue to flourish as a sub-genre.
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Language eng
Field of Research 200508 Other Literatures in English
Socio Economic Objective 950203 Languages and Literature
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Deakin University, School of Communication and Creative Arts
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