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The Immigrant Girl and the Western Boyfriend: The Romance Plot in Young Adult Novels of Migration
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1435-6211
2016 (English)In: ESSE messenger, ISSN 2518 - 3567, Vol. 25, no 1, 122-132 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We explore a recurring motif in a number of young adult novels centered around the experiences of immigrant girls and their adjustment to life in a new country. The integration process appears to belinked to the girls’ relationships with boys from the majority culture, making romance a central element of the girls’ development of a new identity and sense of belonging in the new country. We will examine the intersections of gender and integration by focusing on the narrative voices of immigrant girls in three contemporary novels, Sarah Darer Littman’s Life, After (2010), Sarah Crossan’s The Weight of Water(2012), and Terry Farish’s The Good Braider (2012).

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2016. Vol. 25, no 1, 122-132 p.
Keyword [en]
Migration, immigration, gender, young adult fiction, girls
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General Literature Studies
Research subject
HUMANITIES, Literary studies; Child and Youth studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9983OAI: diva2:1034566
Locating the Self in Narratives of Childhood Migration
Available from: 2016-10-12 Created: 2016-10-12 Last updated: 2016-10-25Bibliographically approved

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