Toward a Theory of Adolescence: Queer Disruptions in Representations of Adolescent Reading

  • Gabrielle Owen
Keywords: adolescence, childhood, G. Stanley Hall, queer theory, reading, Lee Edelman, reproductive futurism

Abstract

Using queer and psychoanalytic schemas, this essay develops a theory of adolescence to shed light on the ways in which categories of age shape our experiences of ourselves and others. It draws from social discourse surrounding adolescent reading and from fictional scenes of reading in nineteenth-century novels, twentieth-century classics, and contemporary young adult fiction in order to unravel the cultural logic of adolescence as it has been deployed throughout the twentieth century.

 

DOI: 10.1353/jeu.2015.0003

Author Biography

Gabrielle Owen

Gabrielle Owen teaches courses in children’s literature and gender studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She has been published most recently in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly and Transgender Studies Quarterly. Her article “Is the Trans Child a Queer Child? Constructing Normativity in ‘Raising Ryland’ and I Am Jazz” is forthcoming in Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture.

Published
2015-07-28
How to Cite
Owen, G. (2015). Toward a Theory of Adolescence: Queer Disruptions in Representations of Adolescent Reading. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 7(1). Retrieved from http://jeunessejournal.ca/index.php/yptc/article/view/236
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Articles