In the 1970s, novels first began to be published for the young adult with significant numbers of homosexual characters. Some librarians and educators have been concerned that these realistic novels have little literary merit and serve only as vehicles. Cuseo analyzes homosexual characters from 69 YA novels published between 1969 and 1982, aiming to assess their literary quality; examine their use of homosexual characters compared to nonfiction information available to YAs; and determine if their image of homosexual characters is negative. Results show an acceptance of societal myths to create a negative image of the homosexual characters. Only since 1982 has the literature seen the beginnings of a more complex and well-rounded homosexual character.
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Allan A. Cuseo (BLS, MLS, SUNY-Genesco; DLS, Columbia) is Librarian, Greece Arcadia High School, Rochester and a visiting instructor at Nazareth College and at SUNY-Buffalo's SILS. A reviewer for VOYA and Kliatt, he has given hundreds of presentations on adolescent literature and intellectual freedom at library meetings.Review:
...a fascinating analysis....an excellent examination of a timely topic. (Women Library Workers Journal)
Allan Cuseo's careful examination....challenges our perceptions of the culture of 'one teenager in ten' who is gay....valuable collection assessment tools. (Wilson Library Bulletin)
...major undertaking... (Small Press Review)
...admirably succeeds....an in-depth and comprehensive scholarly work....of interest to the YA literature specialist, or anyone else interested in the topic. (Monroe County Library System)
The strength of this book lies in its contribution to the body of knowledge in this field.... (Ala Social Responsibilities Newsletter, (S)
...a valuable reference for college courses in young adult literature or for the professional reading section of a larger high school library....Highly recommended. (The Book Report)
...broken ground for those to follow... (Popular Culture In Libraries)
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Book Description Scarecrow Press, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110810825376
Book Description Scarecrow Press, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0810825376