Sarah McCabe ♦ 2013 Global Scholars Symposium

Title: The Darkening Age: Exploring controversial issues and their global implications in young adult literature

Abstract: Dark themes — such as rape and abuse, eating disorders, self-mutilation, and suicide — have become more prevalent in contemporary young adult literature. This discussion will explore arguments for and against the inclusion of controversial issues in this genre, as well as examining young adult books that feature these themes and whether these books apply to teenagers in a global context.

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