Honors Theses


Megan R. Abbate


Thomas L. Morgan



Publication Date

Spring 4-2014

Document Type

Honors Thesis


In this study, the novels We Were Here and Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, works which feature male protagonists struggling tolocate their multicultural identities, will be analyzed. This research will legitimize the use of multicultural young adult literature, specifically these three texts, in the classroom, despite the presence of controversial themes. This research will demonstrate the value of these texts due to their potential to foster social consciousness and aid the establishment of identity within a global context. This thesis will demonstrate ways in which young adult literature can promote social change through both recognition of commonalities and respect for differences.

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