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Title The Tween Ghost Story: Articulating the Tween Experience
Publication Date
Degree MA
Discipline/Department English
Degree Level thesis
University/Publisher University of New Orleans
Abstract In the early 1980s, a particular kind of “tween” (children aged 10-14) ghost story emerged. Through examining multiple examples of tween ghost stories (such as Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn, Stonewords by Pam Conrad, and Time Windows by Kathryn Reiss), this paper illustrates the ways in which these stories are remarkably consistent in nature, and then investigates this sub-genre’s specific and consistent articulation of the struggle of moving away from childhood and into the teenage years. By using a ghost to create a situation so off balance (a ghost who is stuck, a protagonist who is in flux), the tween ghost story is uniquely and cleverly designed to help the protagonist navigate through the scary situation of growing up.
Subjects/Keywords tween; ghost; Mary Downing Hahn; ghost stories; young adult literature; children's literature; English Language and Literature
Contributors Dr. Dan Doll; Dr Anne Boyd Rioux; Dr. Patricia Austin
Country of Publication us
Record ID oai:scholarworks.uno.edu:td-2704
Repository uno
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2020-09-09
Created Date 2013-05-17 07:00:00
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