Catholicism in YA Literature: A Theological Perspective

Jennifer Miskec, Katherine G. Schmidt


Though modern children’s literature owes a clear debt to religious tradition, the majority of literature written for young readers today avoids discussion of religion. Texts invested in explicitly religious exploration are often a product of religious or non-mainstream presses—and are quite often proselytic, resulting in a binary distinction of children’s and young adult literature as either secular (religiously neutral) or religious (overtly proselytizing).
What results in mainstream children’s and young adult literature is a noticeable dearth of texts in which the religious experience is handled as a serious and significant element of the child’s life.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

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