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Palgrave Macmillan

Robert Cormier

ISBN 9780230313316
Publication Date December 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Paperback Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series New Casebooks

This compelling New Casebook is the first essay collection devoted to the work of groundbreaking American author Robert Cormier. Written by a team of international children's literature experts, the volume offers a variety of critical and theoretical approaches to the range of Cormier's controversial young adult novels.

The newly-commissioned essays explore the author's earlier best-known writings for teenagers as well as his later less critically examined texts, focussing on key issues such as adolescence, identity, bullying and child corruption. Recognizing Cormier's achievement, this long-overdue critical resource is essential reading for anyone with an interest in his influential work and lasting impact on young adult fiction.

ADRIENNE E. GAVIN is Professor of English Literature at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. She is the co-editor of Mystery in Children's Literature (2001) and Childhood in Edwardian Fiction (2009), both of which are published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Series Editor's Preface
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; A.E.Gavin
Fade to Black: Adolescent Invisibility in the Works of Robert Cormier; K.Huenemann
'So many disguises': Questions of Identity in Robert Cormier's After the First Death and Heroes; A.F.Humphries
Fascinated by Evil: Robert Cormier as a Catholic Novelist; P.Pinsent
'Nobody out of context': Representations of Child Corruption in Robert Cormier's Crime Novels; S.Ciocia
'You have to outlast them': Bullying in The Chocolate War and Beyond the Chocolate War; A.Cummins
Mannerbund and Hitler-Jugend: Queer Perceptions of Nazis In and Beyond Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War; H.Blackford
Inducing Despair?: A Study of Robert Cormier's Young Adult Fiction; C.Walsh
Facing the Truth: Robert Cormier, His Readers, and 'Reality'; S.Clancy
Interactive Texts and Active Readers: Robert Cormier's 'Adolescent Poetics' in the Light of Wolfgang Iser's Theory of Aesthetic Response; D.Politis
Bibliography of Robert Cormier's Work and Suggested Further Reading

HOLLY BLACKFORD Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University-Camden, USA
STEFANIA CIOCIA Senior Lecturer in English at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
SUSAN CLANCY Adjunct Education Lecturer, Charles Stuart University, Australia
AMY CUMMINS Assistant Professor of English, University of Texas Pan American, USA
KARYN HUENEMANN Instructor in English Literature, Simon Fraser University, Canada
ANDREW F. HUMPHRIES Senior Lecturer in Education, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
PAT PINSENT Senior Research Fellow, National Centre for Research in Children's Literature, Roehampton University, UK
DIMITRIOS POLITIS University of Patras, Greece
CLARE WALSH Senior Lecturer in English, University of Bedfordshire, UK


'Offers diverse perspectives on Cormier's oeuvre and gives the reader many ways into his work.' - Janet Kaufman, University of Utah, USA
'The various essays work successfully together to provide the reader with a wide range of critical approaches to diverse texts within Cormier's oeuvre.' - Elizabeth Thiel, University of Roehampton, UK
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