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YA novel

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Young Adults novel (shortened as YA novel) is a literature subcategory within the Young Adult fiction genre. The concept of the young adult (YA) refers to adolescence and youth, though it is very context-dependent. According to the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) YA books are those aimed at people from 12 to 18 years old (teenagers). In most of the cases, the protagonists of the novels fall within those age ranges, and the story is told through teenage eyes.

Graphic Novel

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Graphic novels are a contemporary literature form of long stories told in comics format. They have the same characteristics of comics: multimodality, cartooning techniques and elements (panels, gutters).

Comics

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Comics (generally referring to comic books and comic strips) are a popular form of visual storytelling that combines still images and text.

Picturebook

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The picturebook is a storytelling medium that presents its text in both verbal and visual language. According to Barbara Bader (1976), a picturebook is words and illustrations in a total design, “an item of manufacture and a commercial product; a social, cultural, historic document; and foremost, an experience for a [reader / beholder]. As an art form it hinges on the interdependence of pictures and words, on the simultaneous display of two facing pages, and on the drama of the turning page” (ibid., p.1).

Young Adult

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The concept of the ‘young adult’, also synonymous with adolescence and youth, is one which is heavily context-dependent. Over time, the perception of the concept has shifted from merely a developmental outlook to one which is also bound by a socio-cultural understanding. Broadly, it is believed to be a stage between childhood and adulthood, and is influenced by several social, economical and cultural factors.

Orientalism

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Orientalism refers to a long tradition of Western representations of the Orient as exotic and 'non-coeval' with the West.
Knives Out (2019)

Knives Out (2019) and the classical detective formula

Paper
Chi-chieh Huang
12/10/2022
14 minutes to read

This article examines how director Rian Johnson follows and deviates from the classical detective formula to create a murder mystery filled with twists and turns in Knives Out (2019).

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Literaire fictie in de democratische publieke ruimte

Article
Odile Heynders
17/06/2022
19 minutes to read

De democratie is in verval. Kunnen we literaire fictie gebruiken om het tij te keren? Odile Heynders bespreekt 'Hoe ik talent voor het leven kreeg' van Rodaan Al Galidi en 'Het uur van de olifant' van Otto de Kat om antwoord te geven. 

 

Poetry

Instagram Poetry: Am I Good Enough for my Own Endeavor?

Article
Audrey Frijns
14/10/2022
8 minutes to read

Poetry on Instagram is becoming increasingly popular. This article explores if poetry can truly shake its connotations with elitism and how Instagram pages attract an audience that performs visibility labor.

Geisha

GOLDEN vs. IWASAKI: Perspectives about Geishas

Article
Nathaly Yumi da Silva
14/12/2022
21 minutes to read

Golden and Iwasaki have totally different concepts about geishas. The conflict between them is clear: while Golden casts them as prostitutes, Iwasaki reveals them as artists. This article explores these perspectives.

The Pro-Choice Movement: A brief ideological history of abortion

Article
Iris Olde Hampsink
23/11/2021
17 minutes to read

In this article, the historical background of the contemporary American abortion battle will be discussed, going in-depth on the fight between its two ideologies; pro-choice and pro-life.

Harry Potter's School Houses and the Analysis of Multiculturalism

Article
Luna-Anastasia Riedel
11/11/2022
11 minutes to read

This article will discuss the multiculturalism shown in the universe of Harry Potter, where group formation and school houses play a big role in self-identification and stereotyping.