Comprehensive and up-to-date
The first contemporary publication to go beyond examining broad themes and trends in the field, this timely volume looks closely at specific authors and texts. The book is comprehensive and as current as possible, covering works by African American authors for young adults published between 1968-1993-some 200 titles by close to 50 writers. In addition to established authors and bestselling titles, the coverage includes material overlooked by previous studies, such as works from small presses and talented new authors.
Guidlines for evaluation
An extensive introduction reviews important milestones in this body of literature and analyzes noteworthy bibliographical and critical publications about such writing. It includes suggested guidelines for evaluating a work in terms of its direct and indirect treatment of such issues as race, gender, class, ability, age, sexuality, and sexual orientation. The book also offers specific guidance for determining the appropriate readership for a work with regard to age and gender.
Unusually extensive annotations
The main body of the book is an annotated bibliography, alphabetical by author, with the works arranged chronologically by publication date. The annotations are much more extensive than those in other bibliographies. Each annotation reads more like a full-length book review and is from one to two pages long and explores themes, plot and character development, evaluates the quality of the writing, judges the handling of issues of race, class, and gender, and provides a readership recommendation.
Written in accessible language, this user-friendly book presents a wide range of factual information, evaluations, and analyses. It is a valuable tool for all teachers, librarians, counselors, and young adults
"This extraordinary volume fills a void which has been neglected far too long. Highly recommended."
-The Book Report
"It is a valuable tool for all teachers, librarians, counselors, and young adults themselves."
"A useful, sensitive guide that will stir some healthy controversy while it also forces teachers and librarians to take a closer look at their current collection of African American fiction and consider with much firmer direction the culturally conscious fiction they select and recommend in the future."
"This bibiography is essential."
"Teachers, librarians, and parents will find Kutenplon and Olmstead's bibliography a useful tool to identify quality multicultural titles."
-Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
Series: Science and Technology Series
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 426
Published: 1st December 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.44 x 14.02
Weight (kg): 0.71
Edition Number: 1