Batteries, Big Red, and Busses: Using Critical Theory to Read for Social Class in Eleanor & Park

  • Ashley Boyd Washington State University
  • Summer Pennell University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


In this article, the authors posit the avenue of young adult literature as an untapped resource for cultivating students’ knowledge of social theories and their recognition of societal inequities. Combining specific perspectives of social justice education and young adult literature can be a rich and engaging experience for students, as these contemporary texts afford for multiple layers of analysis.

Author Biographies

Ashley Boyd, Washington State University
Assistant Professor of English Education
Department of English
Summer Pennell, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Doctoral Candidate

School of Education

CB 3500 Peabody Hall

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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