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Disability and the Young Adult Reader: How Has the Portrayal of Disability Changed in the Last Fifty Years?

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dc.contributor.advisor Dunn, Patrica A en_US
dc.contributor.author Hinkson, Sharon Munroe en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of English. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-20T16:52:54Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-20T16:52:54Z
dc.date.issued 2014-12-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/77560 en_US
dc.description 45 pg. en_US
dc.description.abstract Literature offers an opportunity to share in the lived experiences of others, experiences that as readers we may otherwise never personally encounter. Disability in our society is a reality, yet one that has not been fully embraced--not unlike issues with race, gender, age, or sexual orientation. Individuals begin to encounter many of these matters early in life, but as impressionable adolescents, a time when they begin to understand and navigate the world, often times they meet these experiences in books. Since books are an especially important part of how thoughts and attitudes are shaped, this paper seeks to analyze a selection of texts geared towards young readers to understand whether the view of disability has remained static since the 1950s and to understand how disability is being used in more current texts for young adult readers. <italic>Stoner & Spaz</italic> by Ron Koertge, <italic>Freak the Mighty</italic> by Rodman Philbrick and <italic>Flowers for Algernon</italic> by Daniel Keyes will be the representative artifacts for this analysis. How these texts respond to important questions about language, representations of disability, the lived experiences of people with disabilities, and the power differentials which exist will be examined. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Literature en_US
dc.subject.other ADA, Disability, supercrip, YA Literature en_US
dc.title Disability and the Young Adult Reader: How Has the Portrayal of Disability Changed in the Last Fifty Years? en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Walters, Tracey. en_US

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