Abstract

There has been a spate of YA novels in North America that mobilize discourses of cosmopolitanism to construct static, “worlded” sites where adventures in cross-cultural reading and global citizenship can be staged for the benefit of young readers largely coded as white and middle class. As analyses of two such novels show, the adventures staged tend to rely on a rhetoric of deflection in their writings of the “other,” in turn engendering constructions of white subjects as givers of aid in relation to “Third World Others.” The essay concludes with analysis of a text that avoids this kind of rhetoric.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-1201
Print ISSN
0885-0429
Pages
pp. 252-274
Launched on MUSE
2014-05-15
Open Access
No
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