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Title: Reading Racism: Race and Privilege in Young Adult Fiction
Authors: Riley, Krista Melanie
Advisor: Nestel, Sheryl
Department: Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
Keywords: Children's literature
Young adult literature
Racism
Anti-racist education
Issue Date: 11-Dec-2009
Abstract: The novel Bifocal, a fictional young adult novel that examines the racist backlash that occurs at a high school after a male Muslim student is arrested on terrorism charges, was published in 2007 and has received wide critical acclaim for its portrayal of issues of racism. Working from an anti-racist framework, this research interviews two teachers who have used the novel in their classrooms, and considers the value and limitations of the book as an anti-racist teaching tool. Through discussions about specific themes in the novel and its overall presentation of racism, I argue that, while Bifocal presents some useful interventions, it also reflects a simplistic and individualistic perspective on racism and how racism can be addressed. I also examine the ways that Bifocal – and young adult literature in general – can be read in order to encourage more critical discussions about systems of racism and privilege.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18079
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