Theses Doctoral

An Exploration of an Original Young Adult Novel: The Ways in Which Story Structure, Magical Realism and Fictionalized History Enhance Reader Engagement

Toffler, Laura Dee

This dissertation provides a detailed exploration of my creative process in the development and writing of my original young adult historical novel. Using excerpts from my narrative, I explore elements of craft, giving particular attention to the mining of ideas, the three-act structure, character development, chapter arcs and plot points. These features are discussed in relation to the ways in which they engage the adolescent and enrich the reading experience. Magical realism is investigated with regard to how it is incorporated into my narrative. This writing also includes an overview of how historical fiction is relevant for the modern reader. I outline my classroom strategies for encouraging students to appreciate young adult literature and generate their own creative writing in this genre.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
English Education
Thesis Advisors
Blau, Sheridan
Vinz, Ruth
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
August 9, 2023