From The Outsiders, Looking In: Using Found Poetry to Explore Genre Conventions in Young Adult Literature

Jeff Spanke, Rachel Haywood


This study recounts how found poetry was used to explore the various genre conventions of Young Adult Literature. While found poetry is often employed as a means of promoting the reflective or reactionary component of the transactional reading process, we discuss how crafting found poems from across several Young Adult texts helped shape the interpretive and analytical element of reader-response in a college English class. By viewing these texts not through a lens of self-, but rather genre-exploration, the material became its own expansive dataset, ripe for a unique qualitative inquiry that ushered in “a new way of conceiving analysis and a new way of seeing”.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680