There are a number of areas suitable for academic study in the fields of children’s and young adult literature. Academic special topics differ from curricular studies in that they require the critical examination of literature for young people through sociological, historical, cultural and theoretical lenses.
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In the bottom box, you will find a handful of potential topics for academic study. There are many possible topics not listed. Go to the drop down menu in this tab for more information on areas of general academic interest. Use these resources to help develop and narrow your thesis. If you have any questions, contact a librarian.
There are countless special topics to choose from. The list below represents a few suggestions.
Gender in Children's Literature
Fairy Tales & Fairy Tale Adaptations
Theorizing Children's Literature
Moral Instruction in Children's Literature
Genre in Young Adult Literature
Individual vs Society in Young Adult Literature
Racial and Cultural Representations in Children's and Young Adult Literature