Thesis Talk #1: The Books

Posted May 17, 2017 by Ely in Other / 5 Comments

Hello, lovely people! This is a very hastily put together post today, but I hope that you still enjoy it.

I’ve been wanting to talk more about my thesis lately, but I’ve been kind of scared to. I guess it’s a mix of being worried about self-plagiarism, but there’s also this fear that I don’t know how to talk about it. Of course, that’s stupid considering I do actually know quite a lot about my thesis. I’m hoping to push past that with this post.

So for those who don’t know my thesis topic is the representation of disability in YA. It’s something I’m hugely passionate about, as you may have guessed from Disability Diaries. I’m looking at three particular texts, which is what I want to share with you today. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned all of these before, but I’ve never bought them all into one post. So here we go.

The Books

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

This was my favourite book of 2016. It looks at topics like feminism and friendship, which are things that I’m very interested in. It also includes a representation of OCD, which is why I chose it as one of my books. Holly Bourne has OCD herself, making this text an #ownvoices book which ties into my argument.

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

This is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I have a lot of thoughts about it, but I’m not sure what I’m going to use in my thesis. Self-plagiarism is one of my biggest anxieties about this thesis, so I’m going to save my thoughts until mid-October. This looks at autism and is another #ownvoices text.

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley

This is probably my least favourite text of the three, but I still really like it. The main character has a clubfoot, which is the disability I was born with. It’s also the only non-own voices text of the three. There is a reason for that though.

So that’s my little explanation of my three texts. I’ll be talking more about my thesis in the future, so if you have any suggestions or question for me please leave them in the comments below.

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5 responses to “Thesis Talk #1: The Books

  1. That’s such an awesome idea for a thesis!! Disability in YA lit definitely needs to be talked about more. Even though it seems like it has improved recently, there’s always room for progress! I’d definitely love to hear more about your thesis in the future 🙂

  2. Aww, why are you worried about self-plagiarism? Though maybe I don’t really know what that term means, exactly. Is it because it’ll be published on this blog and you might not be able to use it? Anyways.

    I really hope that your thesis turns out well! Also this is a fabulous topic (obviously), and you are a fabulous author. When everything comes together, I hope you’re able to talk about it more!

    • Yes, that’s the gist. My Uni takes it very seriously—I could be expelled for it so I’m just being cautious.
      And thank you <3 You are also fabulous.

  3. You are one of the most Hermione-iest people I know and you make me so happy, Ely. Such a clever girl, and you’ll kick major butt on your thesis. I just know it. Thank you for sharing your journey as you go through this awesome process. It’s an exhausting one, but so worth it, I think. Best of luck, little bb. <3

  4. This sounds like an amazing topic for a thesis! I do think YA is a little underrepresented in scholarly circles, it tends to get lumped in with ‘children’s literature’ but without the kudos of ‘classic’ children’s literature. And the theme is excellent too, I’m sure it will be a fantastic thesis! 🙂

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