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Title: Fictions of Adolescent Carnality
Subtitle: Sexy sinners and delinquent deviants
Written By: Lydia Kokkola
Series Title: Children's Literature, Culture, and Cognition 1

Fictions of Adolescent Carnality considers one of the most controversial topics related to adolescents: their experience of desire. In fiction for adolescents, carnal desire is variously presented as a source of angst, an overwhelming experience over which one has no control, bestial, disgusting and, just occasionally, a source of pleasure. The on-set of desire, within the Anglophone tradition, has been closely associated with the loss of innocence and the end of childhood. Drawing on a corpus of 200 narratives of adolescent desire, Kokkola examines the connections between sociological accounts of teenagers’ sexual behaviour, adult fears for and about their off-spring and fictional representations of adolescents exploring their sexuality. Taking up topics such as adolescent pregnancy and parenthood, queer sexualities, animal-human connections and sexual abuse, Kokkola provides wide-ranging insights into how Anglophone literature responds to adolescents’ carnal desires, and contributes to on-going debates on the construction of adolescence and the ideology of innocence.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Ling & Literature
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027201553
Prices: U.S. $ 143.00
U.K. £ 80.00
Europe EURO 100.70
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027272041
Prices: U.S. $ 143.00
U.K. £ 80.00
Europe EURO 95.00