1st Edition

Teaching and Reading New Adult Literature in High School and College

By Sharon Kane Copyright 2023
    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    An introduction to the rapidly growing category of New Adult (NA) literature, this text provides a roadmap to understanding and introducing NA books to young people in high school, college, libraries, and other settings. As a window into the experiences and unique challenges that young and new adults encounter, New Adult literature intersects with but is distinct from Young Adult literature.

    This rich resource provides a framework, methods, and plentiful reading recommendations by genre, theme, and discipline on New Adult literature. Starting with a definition of New Adult literature, Kane demonstrates how the inclusion of NA literature helps support and encourage a love of reading. Chapters address important topics that are relevant to young people, including post-high school life, early careers, relationships, activism, and social change. Each chapter features text sets, instructional strategies, writing prompts, and activities to invite and encourage young people to be reflective and engaged in responding to thought-provoking texts. A welcome text for professors of literacy and literature instruction, first-year college instructors, researchers, librarians, and educators, this book provides new ways to assist students as they embark upon the next stage of their lives and is essential reading for courses on teaching literature.

    Chapter One. New Adult Literature: Coming of Age, Again and Again

    Chapter Two. Preparing to Launch: The High School Years

    Chapter Three. Navigating the College Years

    Chapter Four. Job Exploration and Entry

    Chapter Five. Changing Relationships

    Chapter Six. Civic Responsibilities and Taking Action for a Better World

    Chapter Seven. So You’d Rather Be Reading: A Literary Guide through the Disciplines

    Chapter Eight. Best Foot Forward: Stepping into New Stages with Care and Delight


    Sharon Kane is Professor of Education at the State University of New York at Oswego, USA.