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Chronic YouthDisability, Sexuality, and U.S. Media Cultures of Rehabilitation$
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Julie Passanante Elman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479841424

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479841424.001.0001

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Cryin’ and Dyin’ in the Age of Aliteracy

Cryin’ and Dyin’ in the Age of Aliteracy

Romancing Teen Sick-Lit

(p.93) 3 Cryin’ and Dyin’ in the Age of Aliteracy
Chronic Youth

Julie Passanante Elman

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the young adult (YA) literature market. Published largely in the 1980s as part of a long history of sentimental literature about illness for women, these books catered to teen girl readers by featuring love stories about teen girls and boys with life-threatening illnesses. The books issued emotional challenges to teen readers through yet more representations of teens as physically imperiled patients who needed to be overcome and rehabilitate. Surveying the work of the best-selling YA authors Lurlene McDaniel and Jean Ferris, this chapter analyzes the affective labor of sadness as a crucial growth-inducing emotion that tragic disability narratives are more likely to convey.

Keywords:   young adult literature market, Lurlene McDaniel, Jean Ferris, affective labor, disability narratives

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