School Gun Violence in YA Literature: Representing Environments, Motives, and Impacts (Children and Youth in Popular Culture)

by Laura A Brown

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Since Columbine, the topic of school shootings has become ever more prevalent in the media, in research, and in fiction. This book provides analyses of several Young Adult (YA) texts about school shootings and uncovers how the authors represent such violence (and those who perpetrate it) while developing stories that effectively speak to their adolescent readers. Employing Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory, Laura A. Brown examines how the texts frame particular settings and events as important to the development of young people as a way of accounting for the shootings. Likewise, psychologist Peter Langman's classification of the three populations of school shooters is utilized as a framework to analyze the characterization of fictional shooters in the texts. The author argues that these texts, while not easy to read, are important, as they problematize the ways we think about, approach, and react to school shootings and the students who commit such acts.

  • ISBN10 1793622078
  • ISBN13 9781793622075
  • Publish Date 15 May 2022
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Lexington Books
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 146
  • Language English