Critical Literacy: Theories and Practices, Vol 7, No 2 (2013)

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Growing Up in Red China: Representations of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in Young Adult Novels and Memoirs

Lina Sun


This manuscript made a critically incisive analysis of a unique body of adolescent literature representing coming-of-age experiences during the Cultural Revolutions by diasporic Chinese writers. It attempts to provide teachers with information of the most important YA titles on this topic, to analytically scrutinize the texts from a critical literacy lens, and to offer concrete steps and strategies in pedagogy to include them in the curriculum as a vital resource for student development. 

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