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Melvin Burgess has made a powerful name for himself in the world of children's and young adult literature, emerging in the 1990s as the author of over twenty critically acclaimed novels.

This collection of original essays by a team of established and new scholars introduces readers to the key debates surrounding Burgess's most challenging work, including controversial young adult novels Junk and Doing It. Covering a variety of critical and theoretical perspectives, the volume also presents exciting new readings of some of his less familiar fiction for children, and features an interview with the author.

About the Author

Alison Waller is Senior Lecturer in Children's Literature in The National Centre for Research in Children's Literature at the University of Roehampton, UK. She convenes the MA in Children's Literature by distance learning and is the author of 'Constructions of Adolescence in Fantastic realism' (2009).


Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface

Notes on Contributors

Introduction; A.Waller

PART I: CONTROVERSY AND THE CULTURAL CONTEXT

1. 'One of the Boys'? Writing Sex for Teenagers in 'Doing It'; Chris Richards

2. 'Keeping it Real': The Debate for Boyhood and its Representations in 'Doing It' and 'Kill All Enemies'; Michele Gill

3. The Girl and the Streets: Postfeminist Identities in 'Junk', 'Doing It', and 'Sara's Face'; Joel Gwynne

PART II: FORM, STYLE, GENRE

4. Beyond Face Value: Playing the Game with 'Sara's Face'; Kay Sambell

5. Dystopian Worlds and Ethical Subjectivities in 'Bloodtide' and 'Bloodsong'; Robyn McCallum and John Stephens

6. Transformation, Text and Genre in 'The Birdman'; M.Gibson

PART III: HUMAN AND ANIMAL IDENTITIES

7. Borderland: The Animal World of Melvin Burgess; Peter Hollindale

8. 'You Know What I Mean': The Development of Relationships between Socially Isolated Characters in 'An Angel for May, 'Loving April', and 'The Ghost Behind the Wall'; Pat Pinsent

9. Challenging the Paradigm: Examining 'The Baby and Fly Pie' and 'The Earth Giant' through Ecocriticism; Karen Williams

PART IV: TELLING STORIES

10. Found Fiction: An Interview with Melvin Burgess; Alison Waller and Melvin Burgess

Further Reading

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781137262806
Author:
Waller, Alison (edt)
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Author:
Waller, Alison
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's Literature
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9.67 x 5.69 x 0.715 in 1 lb

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