by Lee A. Talley

About Lee A. Talley

Lee A. Talley is Associate Professor of English at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. She is the editor of Broadview’s edition of Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and has published essays on the Brontës, Jamaica Kincaid, and Jeanette Winterson.

Young Adult

The phrase “young adult” reflects the history of changing perceptions of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood and how these ideas have shaped parenting, education, libraries, publishing, and marketing (Cart 1996; Eccleshare 1996; Campbell 2009). The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) denotes ages twelve to eighteen as composing “young adult” readers (YALSA 1994). Given the dominant conception that this period of growth is particularly important, understandings of what constitutes “good” young adult literature vary extensively, for there is a great deal at stake.