"I don't want us to be ashamed anymore": Representations of Latinx Teenage Girls in Young Adult Literature Public Deposited

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  • May 8, 2019
  • Sculnick, Sarah
    • Affiliation: School of Information and Library Science
  • Latinx individuals are part of the youngest and largest minority group in the United States. Despite comprising a large part of the population, Latinx adolescents are largely underrepresented in literature. This content analysis examined twenty young adult books published between 2014, the year that the organization “We Need Diverse Books” was created, and 2017, all of which featured Latinx female protagonists. The study analyzes overarching themes present across the texts, and discusses how representations of Latina teenagers relied upon, or refuted, common stereotypes surrounding that community. It also discusses how representation differed depending on whether or not the authors were members of the Latinx community.
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  • Hughes-Hassell, Sandra
  • Master of Science in Library Science
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  • Library and Information Science
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2019
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