Spirituality in Young Adult Literature: The Last Taboo

Patty Campbell Chris Crowe

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Spirituality in Young Adult Literature: The Last Taboo

Spirituality in Young Adult Literature The Last Taboo In a time when almost any gritty topic can be featured in a young adult novel there is one subject that is avoided by writers and publishers Faith and belief in God seldom appear in traditional form

  • Title: Spirituality in Young Adult Literature: The Last Taboo
  • Author: Patty Campbell Chris Crowe
  • ISBN: 9781442252394
  • Page: 324
  • Format: ebook
  • In a time when almost any gritty topic can be featured in a young adult novel, there is one subject that is avoided by writers and publishers Faith and belief in God seldom appear in traditional form in novels for teens The lack of such ideas in mainstream adolescent literature can be interpreted by teens to mean that these matters are not important Yet a significant paIn a time when almost any gritty topic can be featured in a young adult novel, there is one subject that is avoided by writers and publishers Faith and belief in God seldom appear in traditional form in novels for teens The lack of such ideas in mainstream adolescent literature can be interpreted by teens to mean that these matters are not important Yet a significant part of growing up is struggling with issues of spirituality The underlying problem, of course, is that there are so few writers who are willing to talk to teenagers about God, even indirectly, or who themselves have the religious literacy for the task.Spirituality in Young Adult Literature The Last Taboo tackles a subject rarely portrayed in fiction aimed at teens In this volume, Patty Campbell examines not only realistic fiction, but young adult literature that deals with mysticism, apocalyptical end times, and even YA novels that depict the Divine Encounter Campbell maintains that fantasy works are inherently spiritual, because the plots nearly always progress toward a showdown between good and evil As such, the author surmises that the popularity of fantasy among teens may represent their interest in the mystical dimensions of faith and the otherworldly In this study, Campbell examines works of fiction that express perspectives from Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism Distinguished YA novelist Chris Crowe provides a chapter on Mormon values and Mormon YA authors and how their novels integrate those values into their books By looking at how spirituality is represented in novels aimed at teens, this book asks what progress, if any, has been made in slaying the taboo Although most of the books discussed in this study are recent, an appendix lists YA books from 1967 to the present that have dealt with issues of faith A timely look at an important subject, Spirituality in Young Adult Literature will be of interest to young adult librarians, junior and senior high school teachers, and students and instructors of college courses in adolescent literature, as well as to parents of teens.

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      READ FOR RESEARCH PAPER In this book, Patty Campbell explores the reasons she sees behind the lack of spirituality and religion in books for young adults. She calls this dramatic lack of spirituality in YA literature "The Last Taboo." Campbell discusses the taboo and points out reasons for it. Campbell points out four fundamental reasons for the lack of religion in YA literature -- editors are fearful of transgressing the separation of church and state, editors are fearful of offending their rea [...]

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