So that it might be different for you : the intersection of adolescents/ce, legal culture, and sexual violence in young adult literature
- This dissertation investigates the question of how--and to what end--law is represented in contemporary young adult literature ("YA Lit") and graphic narratives. With a focus on laws surrounding sexual violence, it investigates these works' unique expression of law as part of an adolescent legal culture--via the inclusion of legal actors, spaces, procedures, and the language of and references to laws themselves--to adolescent readers, who are not taught law in school, though remain subject to it. By contextualizing law as it relates to adolescents, and specifically adolescent sexual violence, I argue that these works mediate the transitional gap space of adolescence, filling a necessary educative niche by providing vital insight for young people into the complex legal structure governing the United States, particularly as it relates to individual and sexual rights. Thus, these works function not only as entertainment, but as important tools for necessary intergenerational conversations on sexual violence specifically, and law more generally. The result is an unprecedented space for young people to ask questions of and engage in conversations for which there currently is no clear, consistent space in the school or home. In this way, this dissertation argues, the counterpublics stemming from these YA Lit narratives provide a unique and unprecedented space for adolescents to ask tough questions, to have difficult conversations, to talk about what the issues of the day may mean, and to provide each other support and guidance, thereby encouraging an essential, broadscale, adolescent-focused space for deliberative democracy, critical citizenship, and participatory politics.
|Type of resource
|electronic resource; remote; computer; online resource
|1 online resource.
|Fine, Jamie Michelle
|Degree committee member
|Degree committee member
|Stanford University, School of Humanities and Sciences
|Stanford University, Department of Modern Thought and Literature
|Statement of responsibility
|Jamie M. Fine.
|Submitted to the Department of Modern Thought and Literature.
|Thesis Ph.D. Stanford University 2023.
- © 2023 by Jamie Michelle Fine
- This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).
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