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Identity Through the Other
Canadian Adventure Romance for Adolescents

By Clarence Larsson
Dec. 1996
Almqvist & Wiksell
ISBN: 91-7191-231-2
148 p.
$58.50 Paper Original

This study of English-Canadian adventure romance for adolescents seeks to demonstrate the cultural significance of the genre. By means of a semiotic-structuralist approach the selected books by James Houston, Monica Hughes, and Markoosie are examined as a signifying conveying discourses that constitute a code of connection to the social context of contemporary young-adult readers.

Structured on the formula: separation - initiation - return and informed by the symbolism of death-rebirth, the sample of stories holds out the promise of a life-enhancing return.

Series: Umea Studies in the Humanities