Senior Project Advisor
stuttering, disability, person who stutters, literature, children's literature, adolescent literature, developmental stuttering
This analysis seeks to explore the way in which characters who stutter are portrayed in children’s and adolescent literature. Using Joan Blaska’s criteria for reviewing depictions of characters with disabilities, I consider eight texts in how affectively they present the disability of stuttering and their main character. The eight texts considered include picture books, graphic novels, and traditional novels all centering on the story of a main character who stutters were considered. Four of these books are designed for ages four to twelve and are analyzed as children’s literature and the other four are written for ages eleven to eighteen and are analyzed as adolescent literature. The authors of these books include career authors, speech pathologists, and people who stutter or previously stuttered. The essay seeks to provide an overview of stuttering and disability representation in literature as well as to identify common themes across texts.
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Howerton, Claire Elizabeth, "Authentic Representations of Youth Who Stutter: An Analysis of Children's and Adolescent Literature" (2021). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 464.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Stuttering in literature; Stuttering in children; Children's literature--21st century--History and criticism
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