Regine Allison Claire: Author of YA Fiction

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Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic

YAY! YA courses are awesome. Interesting course list.

Open Graves, Open Minds

After much deliberation I’m excited to reveal that my ‘Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic’ course list is finally complete!! Choosing the final list has been tricky. Phillip Pullman once said ‘There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children’s book’ (Carnegie Medal Acceptance Speech, 1996). This is even truer of YA fictions. The novels I have chosen are strangely affecting and deeply questioning, and they explore undeadness and difference in surprising and interesting ways. There are those who will ask ‘why study YA fiction in universities?’ I will seek to respond to some of these criticisms. I am no stranger to sneeriness having taught taught vampire studies at MA level at the University of Hertfordshire and introduced the undead into the academy via my own research. We  first began to discuss the importance of YA fictions…

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