Abstract

This article positions fans’ letters to Maureen Daly, author of Seventeenth Summer, against 1940s book reviews and analyses, pinpointing the moment when Seventeenth Summer became age-graded and gendered as a “girls’” text. It investigates how fans uphold and challenge such categorization, ultimately suggesting that men’s focus on Seventeenth Summer evinces a dissatisfaction with wartime masculinity that the critics’ simple categorization of the text as a “girl’s junior novel” cannot incorporate. By relying solely on scholarly criticism as it has been passed down to us, we lose insight into a readership that complicates the seemingly straightforward history of young adult fiction.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-1201
Print ISSN
0885-0429
Pages
pp. 24-40
Launched on MUSE
2016-02-29
Open Access
No
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