Writing 9/11 for teenagers : Sidekick and the Meg's diary blog

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dc.contributor.author Kneen, Bonnie
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-19T12:22:42Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-01T00:20:05Z
dc.date.issued 2013-05
dc.description.abstract This article examines memories of 9/11 in two superficially very different texts marketed to adolescent readers: a blog post on author Meg Cabot’s website, and a small episode in a novel, Adeline Radloff’s Sidekick. Cabot recounts her own memories; the memories of Radloff’s heroine, Katie, are entirely fictional. Cabot was in New York on the day, able to see the first tower burning from her flat window; Katie was in Cape Town, where her superhero boss’s attempt to help the victims failed because of his inability to get to New York. Cabot is an adult recounting adult memories; Katie is seventeen in the novel, and was a child in 2001. In examining these two different representations of 9/11 – “real” and fictional, geographically near and geographically distant, adult and child/adolescent – the article explores issues of agency, power and hope, and suggests that there are significant similarities between the texts because there are significant similarities between their treatments of these issues. It concludes that power is central in both narratives; that both narratives portray knowledge of power as concomitant with reminders of powerlessness; and that geography profoundly affects questions of power and questions of character in both narratives. en_US
dc.description.librarian hb2014 en_US
dc.description.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rscr20 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Bonnie Kneen (2013) Writing 9/11 for teenagers: Sidekick and the Meg's diary blog,Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa, 18:1, 23-31, DOI:10.1080/18125441.2013.803719. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1812-5441 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1753-5409 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/18125441.2013.803719
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/41443
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.rights © Unisa Press and Taylor and Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Scrutiny2 , vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 23-31, 2013. doi : 10.1080/18125441.2013.803719. Scrutiny2 is available online at : http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rscr20. en_US
dc.subject Memories of 9/11 en_US
dc.subject Adolescent readers en_US
dc.subject Blog post en_US
dc.subject Adeline Radloff’s Sidekick en_US
dc.subject Power en_US
dc.subject Hope en_US
dc.title Writing 9/11 for teenagers : Sidekick and the Meg's diary blog en_US
dc.type Postprint Article en_US


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