Monsters and Young Adult Literature

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.

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Diane Jakacki

About Diane Jakacki

Diane Jakacki received her PhD from the University of Waterloo, where she specialized in early modern printed drama, and participated in federally-funded digital humanities research projects. She has published two articles on applying social semiotic methods to early modern theatre history, an edition of Wit and Science, and co-authored an essay on developing digital image annotation tools. She is a software consultant to imageMAT and the Records of Early English Drama. At Georgia Tech she applies digital humanities methods to pedagogical solutions. Jakacki is currently developing researching the Elizabethan clown Richard Tarlton and his touring relationship with the Queen’s Men troupe.
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