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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Adult: The Arts in Young Adult Literature (Studies in Young Adult Literature) Hardcover – October 30, 2013
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Stover . . . and Zitlow . . . bring their considerable knowledge and experience to this work, defining 'artist' broadly and exploring the characteristics of the literature as well as the possibilities for the study of it. This is not a reference work; rather it provides insightful essays on the development of an identity as an artist in young adults in various works, common themes in these works, and the role of adults in young adult artists’ lives. The essays use works to explain the authors’ ideas about young adult literature, going into considerable depth about the titles discussed. The appendixes include an annotated bibliography of young adult books about the arts and a chapter on the use of the arts in pedagogy. This work is highly recommended for professional collections in school libraries and in academic libraries that support teacher preparation programs. (American Reference Books Annual)
This work examines literature in which young adults are influenced by the arts. It discusses the connection between the arts and a teen’s developing self, and explores whether art assists in dealing with loss, grief, and healing, and how the arts are used to explore identity. Artists in the considered literature are comprised of painters, photographers, dancers, composers, and musicians. In the young adult novels analyzed here, characters are shown to exude strength and positivity through art. Storylines dealing with the arts teach young adults how to deal with traumatic circumstances. People in the lives of artists—friends, teachers, parents, mentors—can be strong role models or a negative influence. The literature shows how art can be a lifeline to flourish, escape, or withdraw from a dismal life experience. The influence of friendships on an individual’s art can result in collaborative projects, the grounding of artist expression, and a supportive environment. The authors delve into the use of art in literature to explore romance and gender roles. They discuss how visual art in young adult literature gives insight and feelings to the characters. Appendices list all novels discussed as well as specific strategies for using the arts in the classroom. This work is a good source for reader’s advisory for teachers and librarians working with young artists. It has good insight into the novels discussed and the analyses are interesting. . . .overall this is an excellent representation of books to recommend to youth of the arts. (VOYA)
Stover and Zitlow are well known for their expertise in young adult fiction, particularly for their affiliation with the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents, the adolescent arm of the National Council of Teachers of English. In this volume, part of the 'Scarecrow Studies in Young Adult Literature' series, which addresses the needs of adolescents who are gifted in the arts, the authors have expanded on an earlier journal article on the same topic. A primary focus of the book is to suggest a variety of young adult literature that could aid young artists in establishing their identities within the confusion of adolescence. Included in the book are detailed explications organized by art form and insights from authors who write for such students. The book . . . provide[s] a thorough annotated bibliography. . . .Summing Up: Recommended. Professional collections. (CHOICE)
Even in the middle of implementing new science and math initiatives, educators are realizing the importance of creativity and the arts. As teenagers form their individual identities, they look for information to validate their life choices. This book examines YA literature that addresses teens’ issues as young artists. Both authors are education professors and authors of YA literature criticism. Unlike many other thematic YA literature books, this one provides long essays about different aspects of the arts, grounded in analysis of selected YA novels on the topic. Each novel discussion ranges from a paragraph to three pages. Chapters address identity formation, the use of art to deal with loss and adversity, art and relationships, and art literature. . . .Appendix A consists of an annotated bibliography of YA books about the arts, categorized by type of art. Appendix B suggests strategies to incorporate arts into the classroom. Two more bibliographies conclude the volume: cited YA books and cited secondary sources. Altogether, about 100 YA titles are discussed. . . .An index by author, title, and subject is also provided. The writing tone is professional and takes its time to develop each point. . . .[T]he essays provide some thoughtful discussions about the emotional side of art, and this specialty title is recommended for those who work with young adults. (Booklist)
[T]he authors' recommendations–including using music 'to set the scene [or] capture the tone of the historical period in which the piece is set'–are helpful. . . .This volume would be undoubtedly be of value to librarians wishing to expand offerings for artistically–minded teens, to teachers seeking a book to recommend to a student–artist, and to parents or counselors looking to support young people who need books relevant to their challenges. (Children's Literature Association Quarterly)
About the Author
Lois Thomas Stover is Professor and Chair, Educational Studies, St. Mary's College of Maryland. She is the author of Presenting Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (1997), Young Adult Literature: The Heart of the Middle School Curriculum (1996), Jacqueline Woodson: The Real Thing (Scarecrow Press, 2003), and Teaching the Selected Works of Katherine Paterson (2007).
Connie S. Zitlow is Professor Emerita, Department of Education, Ohio Wesleyan University. She is the author of Teaching the Young Adult Novels of Walter Dean Myers, (2007), and Lost Masterworks of Young Adult Literature (Scarecrow, 2002).
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