Inclusive Young Adult Fiction

Authors of Colour in the United Kingdom

Authors: Ramdarshan Bold, Melanie

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  • Examines two consistently under-researched areas: British BAME writing and contemporary British YA
  • Includes interviews with 14 prominent British YA authors
  • Looks at the contributions of publishers, librarians, readers and booksellers in spreading inclusivity
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About this book

This book examines ‘diversity’, or the lack thereof, in young adult fiction (YA) publishing. It focuses on cultural hegemony in the United Kingdom and explores how literary culture aimed at young adults reproduces and perpetuates ‘racial’ and ethnic cultural hierarchies. Diversity is described by the We Need Diverse Books project as ‘all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities’. This study focuses on people of colour. While previous studies have looked at the representation of ethnic minorities in books for children and young adults, this book examines the experiences of ‘own voice’ cultural producers that create a counter-narrative. Specifically, this book will investigate the output and experiences of British young adult fiction authors of colour (BAME authors) published in the UK during the period 2006-2016, drawing upon semi-structured interviews with a sample of authors.

About the authors

Melanie Ramdarshan Bold is Associate Professor at University College London, UK. Her main research interest centres on contemporary authorship, publishing, and reading, with a focus on children's and YA books. Her forthcoming book, Activism and Young Adult Publishing: Anthologies as Advocates for Change, will publish in 2019. Melanie is currently working on an interdisciplinary research project, Adolescent Identities, which investigates how YA reflects the realities of minoritised readers. She was a judge of the UKYA Book Prize in 2018. 

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“This book is an important intervention into the discourse surrounding authorship and ethnicity, focusing on the situation of writers of fiction for young adults published in the UK. Building on a set of interviews, quantitative and contextual data, Melanie Ramdarshan Bold brings critique to the failings of the dominantly-white publishing industry to change its hegemonic practices. Insightful, revealing, and written with political purpose, the book makes for crucial reading for publishers, those researching and studying the publishing industry, and all who are concerned with questions of race and representation in the creative industries.” (Professor Claire Squires, University of Stirling, UK)

“Ramdarshan Bold’s book is essential reading for anyone concerned with young adults and their literature, critically challenging the historic lack of authors of colour in the UK publishing industry and interrogating the effect on readers and writers of YA fiction.  Author interviews and data-analysis reinforce the conclusions of this study calling for fundamental change at every level of YA publishing.” (Professor Karen Sands-O’Connor, Buffalo State, USA)

 

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introduction: ‘In an Era of Fear and Division, Fiction Plays a Vital Role in Dramatising Difference and Encouraging Empathy’

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    Pages 1-20

  • A [Brief] History of Young Adult Fiction (YA)

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    Pages 21-44

  • The ‘Diversity’ Status Quo in the UK Publishing Industry

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    Pages 45-91

  • The Construction of (Racialised) Author and Reader Identities

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    Pages 93-144

  • Conclusion: ‘Until There Are Enough People Like Us in Books, Writing Books, in the Industry, It’s Not Going to Change’

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    Pages 145-150

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-10522-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-10521-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Inclusive Young Adult Fiction
Book Subtitle
Authors of Colour in the United Kingdom
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-10522-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-10522-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-10521-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 157
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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