1st Edition

Engaging with Multicultural YA Literature in the Secondary Classroom Critical Approaches for Critical Educators

Edited By Ricki Ginsberg, Wendy Glenn Copyright 2019
    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    With a focus on fostering democratic, equitable education for young people, Ginsberg and Glenn’s engaging text showcases a wide variety of innovative, critical classroom approaches that extend beyond traditional literary theories commonly used in K-12 and higher education classrooms and provides opportunities to explore young adult (YA) texts in new and essential ways. The chapters pair YA texts with critical practices and perspectives for culturally affirming and sustaining teaching and include resources, suggested titles, and classroom strategies. Following a consistent structure, each chapter provides foundational background on a key critical approach, applies the approach to a focal YA text, and connects the approach to classroom strategies designed to encourage students to think deeply and critically about texts, themselves, and the world. Offering a wealth of innovative pedagogical tools, this comprehensive volume offers opportunities for students and their teachers to explore key and emerging topics, including culture, (dis)ability, ethnicity, gender, immigration, race, sexual orientation, and social class.

    Introduction: The Critical Power and Potential of Multicultural Young Adult Literature

    Ricki Ginsberg and Wendy J. Glenn

    Chapter 1: Positioning Theory

    Exploring Power, Social Location, and Moral Choices of the American Dream in American Street

    Jennifer Buehler

    Chapter 2: The Social Mind
    Using Drama to Walk through Racism in Out of Darkness

    Patricia Enciso, Nithya Sivashankar, and Sarah Fletcher

    Chapter 3: Neoliberalism

    A Framework for Critiquing Representations of the "Superspecial" Individual in Marcelo in the Real World

    Sean P. Connors and Roberta Seelinger Trites

    Chapter 4: The Dominant/Oppositional Gaze

    The Power of Looking in Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

    Emily Wender

    Chapter 5: Multiethnic/Multicultural/Multiracial Alloys

    Reading the "Mixed" Experience in Little and Lion

    Cammie Kim Lin

    Chapter 6: Borders and Borderlands

    Interrogating Real and Imagined Third Spaces using If I Ever Get Out of Here

    Ricki Ginsberg

    Chapter 7: Understanding Racial Melancholia

    Analyzing Race-Related Losses and Opportunities for Mourning through American Born Chinese

    Sophia Tatiana Sarigianides

    Chapter 8: Interrogating Happiness

    Unraveling Homophobia in the Lives of Queer Youth of Color with More Happy than Not

    Alyssa Chrisman and Mollie V. Blackburn

    Chapter 9: Queer Reading Practices and Ideologies

    Questioning and (Not) Knowing with Brooklyn, Burning

    Ryan Schey

    Chapter 10: Complicating the Coming Out Story

    Unpacking Queer and (Anti)Normative Thinking in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

    Angel Daniel Matos

    Chapter 0.11: Theories of Space, Place, and Navigational Identity

    Turning Inside Out and Back Again in the Exploration of Immigration

    Wendy J. Glenn

    Chapter 12: Teaching #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName

    Interrogating Historical Violence Against Black Women in Copper Sun

    Chonika Coleman-King and Susan L. Groenke

    Chapter 13: Critical Race English Education

    Engaging with Hip Hop, Resistance, and Remix in All American Boys and Viral YouTube Videos

    Rachel L. Rickard Rebellino, Karly Marie Grice, and Caitlin E. Murphy

    Chapter 14: Critical Language Awareness

    Unpacking Linguistic and Racial Ideologies in The Hate U Give

    Christina Marie Ashwin and Sara Studebaker

    Chapter 15: Critical Comparative Content Analysis

    Examining Violence, Politics, and Culture in Two Versions of I Am Malala

    Amanda Haertling Thein, Mark A. Sulzer, and Renita R. Schmidt

    Chapter 16: Deconstructing the Superhero

    Interrogating the Racialization of Bodies using All-New, All-Different Avengers Vol. I

    Francisco L. Torres

    Chapter 17: Arts-Based Approaches to Social Justice in Literature

    Exploring the Intersections of Magical Realism and Identities in When the Moon Was Ours

    Christine N. Stamper and Mary Catherine Miller

    Chapter 18: Afrofuturist Reading

    Exploring Non-Western Depictions of Magical Worlds in Akata Witch

    Rebecca G. Kaplan and Antero Garcia

    Conclusion: Recognizing and Speaking to the Challenges that Come with Courageous Teaching

    Wendy J. Glenn and Ricki Ginsberg



    Ricki Ginsberg is an Assistant Professor of English Education at Colorado State University, USA.

    Wendy J. Glenn is Professor and Chair of Secondary Humanities at University of Colorado Boulder, USA.