Fictions of Adolescent Carnality

Sexy sinners and delinquent deviants

| Luleå University of Technology
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Fictions of Adolescent Carnality considers one of the most controversial topics related to adolescents: their experience of desire. In fiction for adolescents, carnal desire is variously presented as a source of angst, an overwhelming experience over which one has no control, bestial, disgusting and, just occasionally, a source of pleasure. The on-set of desire, within the Anglophone tradition, has been closely associated with the loss of innocence and the end of childhood. Drawing on a corpus of 200 narratives of adolescent desire, Kokkola examines the connections between sociological accounts of teenagers’ sexual behaviour, adult fears for and about their off-spring and fictional representations of adolescents exploring their sexuality. Taking up topics such as adolescent pregnancy and parenthood, queer sexualities, animal-human connections and sexual abuse, Kokkola provides wide-ranging insights into how Anglophone literature responds to adolescents’ carnal desires, and contributes to on-going debates on the construction of adolescence and the ideology of innocence.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
1–20
Adolescence, innocence and power: Sexuality as power
21–50
The calamitous consequences of carnality: Loss and loneliness, pregnancy and parenthood, disease and death
51–94
Queer carnalities: Adolescent sexuality as queer sexuality
95–136
The beastly bestiality of adolescent desire
137–170
The abjection of abused adolescents
171–206
The end of innocence and the on-set 
of knowledge?
207–214
Corpus of novels and short stories 
for teenagers
215–220
Other works of fiction
221–222
Secondary sources
223–232
Index
233–236
“Congratulations to Lydia Kokkola on this interesting book, which provides thoughtful and important analyses and is written in a lively, engaging style. Each chapter is valuable in its own right, and combines aptly chosen theory with equally well selected examples. Most importantly, it provides a framework and gives food for thought for analysing other works from literature and other media.”
“This volume is a major contribution to the field of children’s literature. No critic has so thoroughly and intelligently analyzed the ideological pressures on the concept of innocence as it has influenced the depiction of sexuality in adolescent literature. The author persuasively deconstructs Anglophone notions of innocence to demonstrate how authors writing for teenagers imbue the genre with depictions of sexuality that undermine and diminish the legitimacy of carnal desire. This volume is a unique and rigorous contribution to an under-studied issue in adolescent literature.”
Fictions of Adolescent Carnality should be commended as an excellent and probing study into Western cultural constructions of adolescence.”
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Literature & Literary Studies

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BIC Subject: DSY – Children's literature studies: general
BISAC Subject: LIT009000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's & Young Adult Literature
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2013006280