Learning Curves Body Image and Female Sexuality in Young Adult Literature by Beth Younger


Learning Curves Body Image and Female Sexuality in Young Adult Literature by Beth Younger

Learning Curves: Body Image and Female Sexuality in Young Adult Literature examines how cultural assumptions and social constraints are reinforced and complicated through common representations of young women. Each chapter analyzes a recurrent theme in the history of young adult literature, including issues of body image, pregnancy, abortion, lesbianism, and romance.


Younger's superb overview of young adult books on body image and female sexuality in young adult literature has much to recommend it... This guidebook to females in young adult literature is highly recommended. American Reference Books Annual Drawing on a diverse set of texts spanning almost 70 years - including well-known classics, novels now out of print, and series fiction - she makes a compelling case for the cultural and developmental significance of this body of work... The book makes a unique contribution in recognizing this vastly understudied field. -- H.M. Bittel CHOICE, June 2010 ... An intriguing read and a fine addition to a professional library ... VOYA, December 2009

About the Author

Beth Younger is assistant professor of English and women's studies at Drake University.

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166 pages


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Publication date

9th July 2009



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