Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Department of English
In this project, I examine theoretical parameters of what has historically been considered American children’s and adolescent literature to further complicate its subject matter. The importance of reconsidering subjects is upheld here as key to challenging longstanding cultural and political inequities in the reading and teaching of literature broadly. Nonetheless, as this project contends, children’s and adolescent literature as a discipline is uniquely positioned to examine political power and challenge major power structures, not in spite of its presumed minor position in academic and literary discourse, but largely because of it. Thus, what follows is an inquiry into contemporary theories of subjecthood unique to children’s literature and culture; a proposed alternative framework, “minor lit”; and an examination of its application in literary analysis and teaching.
Jacques, Wesley, "Minor Subjects: Power and Inequity in Children's and Adolescent Literature" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 1263.