Grasshopper Jungle is a novel about love. And growth. And God. And Polish ancestry. And bisexual love triangles. And Satan. And two-headed babies. And giant praying mantises. And pizza. And genetically modified corn. Known for its zaniness and complexity, this young adult novel is a captivating exploration of queerness, sexuality, and adolescence in a post-apocalyptic Midwestern context. Combining the thrill of speculative fiction with the heart of coming-of-age narratives, Andrew Smith's novel pushes readers to question the boundaries and possibilities of history, sexuality, and genre.
Gender Studies Book Club
November 14, 2014
Open to Students, Faculty, and Staff
Discussion Leader: Angel D. Matos, PhD Candidate in English and Gender Studies Graduate Minor
Matos currently teaches an undergraduate course focused on gender and the young adult novel. Although broadly interested in American novels of development, his work is primarily focused on the shifting representation of queerness and sexuality in contemporary YA literature. His work has been published in journals such as The ALAN Review and Atenea, and his essay on queerness and generational clash will be published in a forthcoming critical anthology entitled Teen Dreams and Lost Girls.
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