(In)visible Presence

Feminist Counter-Narratives of Young Adult Literature by Women of Color

  • Traci P. Baxley
  • Genyne Henry Boston

Part of the Transgressions book series (TRANS, volume 102)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Invisibility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Traci P. Baxley, Genyne Henry Boston
      Pages 3-12
    3. Traci P. Baxley, Genyne Henry Boston
      Pages 13-25
    4. Traci P. Baxley, Genyne Henry Boston
      Pages 27-46
  3. Mothering From Women of Color’S Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Traci P. Baxley, Genyne Henry Boston
      Pages 49-63
    3. Traci P. Baxley, Genyne Henry Boston
      Pages 65-81
  4. Immigration/Nationhood/Migrant Experience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Traci P. Baxley, Genyne Henry Boston
      Pages 85-94
    3. Traci P. Baxley, Genyne Henry Boston
      Pages 95-105
  5. Work & Gender/Sexual Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Traci P. Baxley, Genyne Henry Boston
      Pages 109-123
    3. Traci P. Baxley, Genyne Henry Boston
      Pages 125-141

About this book


Current school systems create a generation of students who experience institutional practices that honor other students’ needs—those students who share the values of those with power—and have pathologized other groups, specifically women of color. (In) Visible Presence intends to contribute to existing pedagogy, which empowers students, teachers, administrators, and policy makers to develop participatory membership in schools and among citizens who can begin to create an anti-oppressive society. (In) Visible Presence contains a holistic, thematic approach to exploring young adult (YA) novels written by women of color, while providing cultural and historical contexts for interpreting and analyzing their work through a feminist lens. Unlike other scholarship, (In) Visible Presence uses a feminist theoretical framework to create a space in which select literary works offer counter-narratives that can be analyzed and critically interpreted according to principles and ideas intended to validate women, thus making their triumph over racism, sexism, classism, and heterosexism and equity challenges a visible cause relegating consequential change for both young girls and women of color. (In) Visible Presence maintains current discourse dialogue through a concentration on the intersectionality of gender, race, and class identities and how these identifiers serve as criteria for privilege and marginalization, even in YA literature.
(In) Visible Presence aims to explore YA literature written by women of color represented by African American, Asian American, Indian American, and Latina Americans. Our theoretical perspective focuses on the connection of race, gender, and class that is exclusive to women of color. The construction of “voice” and “space” is important for readers to hear from those once silenced.


gender race young adult literature

Authors and affiliations

  • Traci P. Baxley
    • 1
  • Genyne Henry Boston
    • 2
  1. 1.Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUS
  2. 2.Florida A&M UniversityTallahasseeUS

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6209-689-9
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2014
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6209-689-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-9732
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-9740
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