Honors Theses


Jennifer E. Haan, Ph.D.



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Honors Thesis


Identity and image-of-self are concepts intertwined throughout the pages of Young Adult Fiction Literature. Characters in Young Adult Fiction interact with their surroundings and as a result form an identity based on these interactions. Research has shown how young adults respond to the feedback of their surroundings whether embodied by other characters or their environment. The way in which identity and the image characters see in the mirror are formed is directly related to the interactions characters experience in their daily lives. Interactions with landscapes, peers, illness, grief, and parents are the specific interactions discussed in this thesis. The novels All the Bright Places, The Fault in Our Stars, and The Boyfriend List provide characters who exhibit these identity-constructing interactions and fashion their identities based on the unique experiences with these interactions.

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Undergraduate research


Arts and Humanities | Children's and Young Adult Literature | English Language and Literature