Scholarly Journal (ish)

For the professional or scholarly journal I read “Give Us Faces” in The Heart Has Its Reasons.  Although I’m not entirely sure it fits under a scholarly journal, I do think it’s important as a history of young adult lit with LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trandsgendered, Questioning/Queer).  It’s important for teens who are “different” to know that literature exists with characters who may be going through similar circumstances.  It’s hard enought o be a teenager, it gets harder when a teenager feels alone or that nobody will understand.

This article goes through more of a history of LGBTQ literature, but mentions works with homosexual instances that, while originally for adults, have been adopted by young adults, such as Catcher in the Rye.  The article also dsicusses the book I’ll Get There.  It Better be Worth the Trip, by Donovan.  This novel focuses on a young teenager, named Davy, who ends up falling for his close male friend, and apparently the feelings are mutual.  However, after a terrible accident the blossoming relationship retreats in the background especially as Davy explains to his father “he isn’t queer”.

I think this chapter is quite useful as it discusses how very few novels have been written on this subject for this age group.  This is a bit sad when taken into account that homosexuality has certainly been prevalent since before the mid Twentieth Century.    There is also a discussion about “love” between the two boys, though it never goes past making out between the two.

What bothered me while reading this chapter is books for lesbians doesn’t seem to be treated in the same way.  Inf act, until the woman’s movement in the 1970’s there just wasn’t as much out there that weren’t lesbian pulp novels. Also works for young males and females who identify as bisexual doesn’t exist, in this chapter anyway.

I think the history of this is important for a librarian working with teens.  Teens who view themselves as “different”, whether for sexual identity, religion, race, or some other differentiating aspect need to know that literature exists for themt o read.  This article makes it possible to find such literature for the teens identifying as LGBTQ.

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2 Responses to “Scholarly Journal (ish)”

  1. Kayleigh Says:

    Sadly, I feel the professional resources for librarians developing LGBTQ collections is severely lacking. It may take a long time before these formal resources catch up with the needs of library users and librarians. In the meantime, I think it is up to us as librarians to develop LGBTQ booklists for our users. We can also take advantage of blogs, wikis and other Web 2.0 tools to make sure these booklists are available to other librarians.

  2. nourmoult Says:

    GreetingS:
    Excelplent, practical posts. I’ve already “Twiuttered” it and forwarded your link to my clients to spread through their ofifces. I always gain from such posts. hanks for sharing

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