Rachel Dean-Ruzicka (1st Year Brittain Fellow) presented a paper titled “How the Specter of Death Complicates the Image of the Nazi Bogeyman in Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief” at the recent International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts conference in Orlando, Florida. The conference focused on the idea of monsters/the monstrous in fantastic literature. Rachel discussed the necessity for contextualizing the monstrous in young adult Holocaust fiction in order to avoid simplistic explanations that allow us to overlook the social and cultural constructions of monstrous behavior.
Monsters and Young Adult Literature
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