Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Publication Title

Children's Literature in Education

Volume

48

Issue

4

First Page

378

Last Page

395

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1007/s10583-016-9310-6

Abstract

This qualitative literary analysis explores the intersection of place, space, and identity in two novels for young adults to explore how the provision of a new physical place provides space for independence development among female teen protagonists and the implications of this development given the authors’ identities as non-US authors writing about the US. Through the application of theories centered on conceptions of space and place and how they work together to influence the identity development of characters in literature, the piece examines how experiences in new places can provide space to redefine one’s personal identity and foster a sense of belonging. It recognizes the value of place-based narratives as stories that offer hope and inspiration to those longing to visit while simultaneously encouraging educators to support students in a critical reading of place to challenge misconceptions and romanticized views and build more complex understandings of communities and cultures that lie beyond the national borders in which they reside.

Comments

This is the author's final manuscript version of this article. See here for published version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10583-016-9310-6

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